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  • Smithsonian Speaker Series: Art & Activism in 21st Century America

    February 21
    February 21

    Michelle Wilkinson, Curator
    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    SmithsonianSpeakers-lockupTuesday, February 21, 2017
    6 – 7 p.m. | Presentation
    7 – 8 p.m. | Exclusive Silver Dollar Society Reception*

    Rockwell Members: Free; Students with ID: $5; Not-Yet-Members: $10

    *Silver Dollar Society Members are invited to an exclusive post-lecture reception with the speaker, immediately following the presentation.

    Online registration has closed.  Tickets will be available at the door.

    Wilkinson will discuss artists with an activist agenda, including photographers Sheila Pree Bright and Ruddy Roye, both featured in her recently published book, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People. In addition, she will highlight current collecting efforts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture to explore contemporary social movements.

    About the Speaker

    Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Ph.D. is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), where she works on projects related to contemporary black life. She is the co-curator of two inaugural exhibitions at the NMAAHC: A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond and A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Wilkinson is also developing the museum’s collections in architecture and design.

    Prior to NMAAHC, Wilkinson spent six years as Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. In that capacity, she curated over twenty exhibitions, including the critically-acclaimed A People’s Geography: The Spaces of African American Life, and two award-winning shows: For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People and Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists.

    Wilkinson holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. from Emory University. From 1999-2002, she was an assistant professor of African American, Puerto Rican, and Caribbean literature at Bard College in New York. In 2002, Wilkinson entered the museum field seeking to fulfill her passion for the arts, writing, scholarly research, and public engagement. Since then, she has worked on exhibitions, publications, and public programs for the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.



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