Evening for Educators: Social Justice/Injustice

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Evening for Educators: Social Justice/Injustice

Online registration has closed for this event. To register, call 201-805-1768 or in person at the museum front desk the evening of the program. 

Educators engage with work by African American artists who celebrate black culture and achievement and confront segregation, cultural erasure, and inequality. New generations of artists continue to grapple with these injustices while promoting the beauty, humanity, and vivacity of black communities. Following the keynote conversation with collector Harriet Kelley and Chief Curator René Barilleaux, tour the exhibition and then choose two out of four workshop sessions to attend.


Creating Icons

Adriana Garcia, Artist

Using a combination of traditional painting, mixed media and collage, create iconic portraits and/or scenes aimed to counteract perilous stereotypes. Bring a photocopy of someone that you would like to honor.

Strong Silhouettes

Wardell Picquet, Artist

Artists from the past and present use silhouettes to represent specific people, but also to communicate stories. Create an inlaid collage method to create a background based on an abstracted letter and then overlay an expressive silhouette. 

Meaningful Materials

Bernice Appelin-Williams, Artist

Found objects and papers bring their own meaning to a composition. Assemble diverse materials and other media to create expressive portrait.

Active Spaces

Rosemary Hickman, Semmes Foundation Education Manager

Look closely at the work of three artists—Lorraine O'Grady, Palmer Hayden, and Kehinde Wiley—and how it is animated by interactive exhibition activity areas. Brainstorm creative ways to bring artwork to life in the classroom.

Teachers earn three hours of continuing professional education credit. Space is limited and registration is required. Fee (includes refreshments and teacher packet): McNay members $5; nonmembers $15. For more information, email education@mcnayart.org. Registration deadline: February 16.

Image: Charles Alston, Girl in a Red Dress, 1934. Oil on canvas. The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts.