Distinguished Lecture Conversation: Willie Cole and Jenny Browne 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In person | Chiego Lecture Hall

Included with Museum Admission

Willie Cole, The Sole Sitter, 2013. Bronze. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts. © Willie Cole

Distinguished Lecture Conversation: Willie Cole and Jenny Browne 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In person | Chiego Lecture Hall

Included with Museum Admission

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I believed that everything I wanted was already in the world and that it was my job to be aware enough to see opportunity when it’s headed my way.

—Willie Cole

Ironing boards, hair dryers, plastic bottles, and shoes play starring roles in the sculpture of Willie Cole. In his bronze sculpture The Sole Sitter at the McNay, high heels bend and blend to form a lone pensive figure. Cole joins poet Jenny Browne to discuss church ladies, fatherhood, activism, and artmaking.

Registration required; space is limited. This conversation takes place in person. 

Free for McNay members, recipients of WIC/ SNAP/ MAP courtesy of Museum for All 

Fee (includes Museum admission): not-yet members $10; teens $5  

This lecture is a program of the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series. 

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Willie Cole lives and works in New Jersey and his art has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Miami Art Museum, and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland. In 2021, Cole collaborated with Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo on collection of headpieces for her Fall/Winter collection for Commes des Garçons.

Jenny Browne teaches at Trinity University and lives in San Antonio. In Spring 2020, she was the Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University, Belfast Northern Ireland. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and The New York Times.

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