Skip to main content


Imagining Histories, Performing Identities: Post-colonial African Art in Context

February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Various locations

Organized with the Fredrick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies and the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rochester, this series of programs will contextualize the MAG's exhibition of Meleko Mokgosi's Pax Kaffraria within the current discourse on African art and culture.

Artist talk by Meleko Mokgosi
3 pm
Humanities Center Conference Room D
Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester

Film screening: Disgrace (2008)
5 pm
Gowen Room
Wilson Commons, University of Rochester

1 - 4:30pm
Memorial Art Gallery, Auditorium
500 University Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607

1 – 2:30 pm:        "When is Africa? History and Contemporaneity in the Encyclopedic Art Museum"
Amanda Gilvin
Assistant Curator of Collections at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College

“The State of Things: Contemporary African Art in the Encyclopedic Museum”
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi
Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

Jessica Marten

Curator in Charge/Curator of American Art, Memorial Art Gallery

2:30 – 3 pm:        Break

3 – 4:30 pm:        “Mobutist Modernism: Art and the Construction of Postcolonial National Identity”
Sarah Van Beurden
Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University,

“Youth Protest, Art, and Post-revolution Iconoclasm in South Africa circa 2015”
John Peffer
Associate Professor of Contemporary and Nonwestern Art History at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Rachel Haidu

Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester

All events are free for University of Rochester students, faculty and staff.

Support for these events  has been provided by The Humanities Project, a program of the University of Rochester Humanities Center; The Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies; and The Department of Art & Art History.

For further information, please contact Andrew Cappetta at or 585.276.8964.

Category: Humanities Project Events