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  • Art & Empathy: Storytelling for Social Change

    October 5
    October 5


    LaToya Ruby Frazier photographed in Chicago (John D. & Catherine MacArthur Foundation). 2015.

    An evening with artist, scholar, and TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier

    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    7:00-8:00 p.m. | 45 minute keynote + 15 minute Q&A
    8:00-9:00 p.m.| Exclusive Silver Dollar Society Reception with the speaker
    Location:  Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium (1 Museum Way, Corning, NY)

    General Admission: $20 | Rockwell Members: $15 | Students: $10

    Online ticket sales have closed.  Ticket sales will continue at 5:30 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium.  Space is guaranteed!

    In today’s America, mass media dictates the dominant narrative, often silencing vulnerable communities and perspectives. Artist, scholar, activist and TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier discusses how individuals and communities can collaborate on a grassroots level to amplify marginalized voices and come together with renewed agency.

    LaToya Ruby Frazier

    Visual Artist, scholar, TED Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow

    Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    “Frazier’s furious realism seeks to recapture injustice, love, and moral outrage as subjects fit for the most urgent art of our time.” –The Village Voice

    “With her camera, Frazier has captured the years-long effects of racism and economic erosion in small towns, such as her native Braddock, Penn. Frazier…has an all-seeing eye that informed her award-winning 2015 debut, The Notion of Family.” –Ebony

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    Ebony 100+ Most Powerful Women of All Time

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    Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    For LaToya Ruby Frazier, art is a weapon – a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America, including her native Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her work amplifies the stories of post-industrial communities– cities and small towns riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. Bridging the personal with the social, her powerful gorgeous work amplifies the voices of the vulnerable and transforms our sense of place and self.

    In this keynote, Frazier discusses the value of collaboration – with individuals, families and communities – to create a powerful platform for social change. Parallel realities and experiences can be found across poor and working-class America – urban decay, white flight, economic stagnation, crime, illness and unraveling civic connections – and these can make for a bleak vision of the country.

    However, there are ways to engage marginalized groups and individuals to amplify their voices and come together with renewed agency. This keynote will inspire audiences to use digital technology and storytelling together in order to foster greater empathy, connection and understanding.

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    About LaToya Ruby Frazier

    Photo by Bret Hartman, TED 2015.

    Chosen by Ebony as one of their 100+ Most Powerful Women of All Time, visual artist and TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier works in photography, video, and performance art to build visual archives that address industrialism, rust-belt revitalization, environmental justice, health care inequity, and family and communal history. Her first book The Notion of Family received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. Frazier has received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

    Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier holds a BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She has studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow for visual arts at the American Academy in Berlin. She is Associate Professor, Photography, at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has previously held academic and curatorial positions at Yale University School of Art, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University. 

    read more and explore her work at latoyarubyfrazier.com

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