Summer School Art History public lecture - REBECCA ZORACH (Northwestern University): "Placeholding: The Tamir Rice Gazebo and the Racialized Landscape of Leisure"
|Tu 22-06-2021 16:30 - 18:00
The summer school Curating Art & Nature - The Knowledge of the Curator III offers a series of lectures open to the public. Tickets are free and available via eventbrite. All lectures take place online and are scheduled from 16.30-18.00 (CEST).
Placeholding: The Tamir Rice Gazebo and the Racialized Landscape of Leisure
This talk takes as its starting point Theaster Gates’s South Side Chicago installation of the gazebo removed from a park in Cleveland where twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by Cleveland police. In the chapter, I contextualize the gazebo by examining the place of gardens and garden structures in American cultural history, particularly in relation to Cleveland’s racialized landscape; to Atlantic histories of race, land, and leisure; and to the “eastern” exoticism implied by the term “gazebo” and its history.
About the speaker
Rebecca Zorach is Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University. She teaches and writes on early modern European art, contemporary activist art, and art of the 1960s and ’70s, with particular interests in print media and murals, feminist and queer theory, and the Black Arts Movement. Zorach coedited The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago (Northwestern University Press, 2017) with Abdul Alkalimat and Romi Crawford, and is the author of Art for People’s Sake: Artists, Community, and Black Chicago 1965–75 (Duke University Press, 2019).