Othering & Belonging Conference

“Right now our work building and sustaining a society centered on inclusion is more essential and urgent than ever.”

April 30 – May 2, 2017
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Widespread Othering has led to a host of challenges in our world today, including territorial disputes, toxic levels of economic inequality, military intervention, the closing of borders, forced migration, and climate change. As hate, ultra-nationalism and xenophobia continue to deepen and harden across the world, the need to challenge Othering is more urgent than ever. We must not only understand the underlying structural dynamics that gave rise to these forces, we must also protect our communities that are targeted and made vulnerable by them as well.

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Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

LaToya Ruby Frazier
April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MCA’s 2017 Downing Pryor Distinguished Visiting Lecturer is LaToya Ruby Frazier, an internationally recognized photographer and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. Frazier works in photography, video and performance to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, healthcare inequity, family and communal history. Frazier received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award in 2015 for her book The Notion of Family (Aperture 2014). Frazier has exhibited widely around the United States and internationally at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

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Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture

LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm
FREE – Seating is limited

LaToya Ruby Frazier, a contemporary Chicago-based photographer and the 2017 recipient of the Akron Art Museum’s Knight Purchase Award, will visit Akron to present the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture at the Akron Art Museum.

Akron Art Museum
For Frazier, art is a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document America today: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality and environmental toxicity. Bridging personal realities with broader social issues, her haunting artworks amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and transform our sense of place and self. Frazier’s 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 U.S. and internationally.

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