Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program Distinguished Lecture: “Ubuntu: Becoming Human Together”

Friday, October 26th, Jack Shainman Gallery in Oakland, California (513 W. 20th) will host the inaugural distinguished lecture of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, from 5pm-7pm. Souleymane Bachir Diagne will give the lecture “Ubuntu: Becoming Human Together.”  He will be introduced by Toyin Ojih Odutola. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This is the first year of the Program, co-directed by Avi Alpert and Meleko Mokgosi. Here is some more information:

Based in New York City, The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program is designed to facilitate the examination of both dominant and under-recognized epistemological frameworks that inform the system of art, including its production, consumption, distribution, and exhibition. Grounded in the global tradition of critical theory, the Program is focused on questioning discursive frameworks through which notions of culture and politics are conceptualized. It is intended for practitioners across all fields related to the fine arts, including artists, critics, curators, and others. The Program has been conceived to help artists and theorists to deepen and develop their understanding of the art institution, as well as its place in confronting the violences and inequalities of the present.

Every year, the program will be structured around a general theme or concept, which will be studied in more specific terms through readings and seminars hosted by seminar leaders and visiting faculty. Ten students will be selected to participate in the program each year. There is no tuition.

For 2018-2019, the subject of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program will be “Humanisms”. By considering various approaches aligned with humanism, anti-humanism, and post-humanism, this year’s theme will interrogate systems of thought that center and de-center the secular notion that history is something that is produced and can be rationally understood by the human subject. Equal emphasis will be placed on different global approaches to humanism.