Franklin Sirmans and Calvin Reid on Just Above MidtownJust Above Midtown (JAM) was an influential New York gallery founded by Linda Goode Bryant in 1974. Opened in response to the lack of exhibition platforms for Black artists, it remained active through the 1970s and 1980s, showing the early work of artists such as David Hammons and Adrian Piper, among others. Lorraine O'Grady debuted Mlle Bourgeoise Noire at JAM in 1980, and the JAM community was integral to her development as an artist.
Perez Art Museum Director Franklin Sirmans is joined by writer and editor Calvin Reid for a conversation on Just Above Midtown.
Q&A moderated by Michelle Murillo, Chair and Associate Professor in Printmedia at CCA.
Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Previously, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston. He served as the Artistic Director of the 2014 Prospect New Orleans, P3: Notes for Now.
Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, the trade news journal of the book industry, editor of PW Comics World, editor of PW's e-newsletter The Fanatic, and cohost of PW's weekly podcast More To Come. Previously, he was an artist and art writer for Art in America among numerous other publications.
This was the second event in our year-long season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Lorraine O’Grady's work.
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