Xaviera Simmons: Malleable Forms - Define Abolition


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00pm to 6:00pm


The Annex, first floor 485 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138
The 2019 Solomon Fellowship Public Program
Presented by the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies 
In collaboration with the ArtLab and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Renowned multidisciplinary artist and 2019-20 Visiting Lecturer Xaviera Simmons is the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies’ inaugural Solomon Fellow. For her public program on November 6 at the Annex, Simmons will create an ambitious 6 hour-long participatory presentation including talks, film screenings, performances as well as group activities in storytelling, movement, and sound. Guided by students enrolled in AFVS 81R, Malleable Forms, the audience will engage questions of systemic rupture and carceral justice, the undoing of “whiteness” in its many forms, as well the idea of reparations to the descendants of American chattel slavery as the ultimate systemic shift of the American project. Simmons, her students, and her guests will collaborate with the audience to revel in, construct and contemplate on urgent topics of the day. A full list of participants will be announced prior to the event. Free and open to the public.

Please note, guests are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the duration of the program.

Schedule of guest presentations (which will alternate with student presentations):  

Noon - Welcome, Introductions by Karthik Pandian, Nora Schultz and opening by Xaviera Simmons
12:40pm - Jackie Wang (black studies scholar, poet, multimedia artist, and PhD candidate in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard)
1:20pm - sadada jackson (Independent Educator)
2pm - Anthony Romero (Radcliffe Fellow, Artist, Writer and Organizer at SMFA Tufts) and Abigail Satinsky (Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries)
3pm - Meg Rotzel (Curator, Radcliffe Institute)
3:40pm - James Stanley (Theater, Dance and Media, Harvard) and his students
4:20pm - Adom Getachew (Political Science, University of Chicago)
5pm - Fatema Ahmad (Muslim Justice League), Hannah Freedman (Kavod), Janhavi Madabushi (Asian American Resource Workshop) and Nadav David (Kavod)
5:30pm - Andrea James and Mallory Hanora (Families for Justice as Healing)


6pm - Reception


Students interested in participating in a private aftertalk with Simmons from 10-11:45am on Thursday, Nov 7 should send an RSVP to ameliayoung@fas.harvard.edu
The Solomon Fellowship invites two distinguished artists per year for a multi-day visit in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies in partnership with the ArtLab, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the wider Harvard art community. The Fellowship, a generous gift of the Solomon Family, deepens and extends visiting artists' involvement in the life of the Department and the University at large.
For more information please contact the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies:

Xaviera Simmons Underscore Performance 2014

Xaviera Simmons, Underscore, Performance still, 2014