Introducing Artnet Talks from Artnet News, a new series of live conversations between artists, curators, gallerists, and arts professionals that brings an in-depth dimension to our usual coverage of the art world’s biggest stories. Artnet News has always existed to read, write, and report—now, it’s time to talk.
Our first talk, “Art as an Act of Resistance: A Conversation With Shaun Leonardo, Dread Scott, and Clifford Owens,” will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. As a seemingly endless stream of images of police violence and protest fill our screens, Scott, Leonardo, and Owens have been among the many engaged artists working to address those images, and to contend with the nation’s legacy of racism through their work. During the talk, these three artists will share their views on the intersections of performance art and protest, the effects of images of Black suffering, and the future of social responsibility in the art world. Click the link below to register.
Clifford Owens is a transdisciplinary artist. He makes photographs, performance art, works on paper, videos, installations, and texts. His art has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Owens’s solo museum exhibitions include “Anthology” at MoMA PS1, “Better the Rebel You Know at Home” in Manchester, England, and “Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and group exhibitions of his work include “Freestyle,” “Greater New York 2005,” and “Performance Now: The First Decade of the New Century.” His performance-based projects have been widely presented in museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.