KaleidoLA Guest Artist Speaker Series: Justin Thompson

Friday, October 22, 2021 12:15pm to 1:15pm

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Hosted by Diane Meyer, Professor of Studio Arts (Photography) and Kirstin Noreen, Professor of Art History.

About the Speaker

Justin Randolph Thompson is a new media artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Based between Italy and the US since 1999, Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of Black histories and cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016. Having realized, coordinated, curated, facilitated and promoted over 300 events and with 5 ongoing research projects, the initiative has been reframed as a Black cultural center called The Recovery Plan.

Thompson is a recipient of a 2020 Italian Council Research Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, three Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, a Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His work and performances have been exhibited widely in institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and The American Academy in Rome and are part of numerous collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museo MADRE. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse, social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

About KaleidoLA

KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and Art History’s annual guest speaker series. For the past nine years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. During 2021-2022, the Department of Art and Art History, in collaboration with the Laband Art Gallery, will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. In light of COVID-19 precautions, all lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.

For more information about the Oct. 22 event, contact Damon Willick, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Art History, damon.willick@lmu.edu


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