The Black Lunch Table, 2015, hosted at Porch Project: Black Lunch Table, sponsored by Elsewhere Museum. Photo courtesy artists. Greensboro, NC
It’s amazing how institutional critique has transformed in the age of the internet. It’s odd to think of an act of radical activism as plucking away at a keyboard in MoMA’s library.
Our participants and moderator from left to right: Ellen Tani, Heather Hart and Jina Valentine.
The Black Lunch Table, 2005, hosted at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Photo courtesy of Angela Hennessy. Skowhegan, ME.
“It’s a metaphor for how things work in the larger art world, too. There is this nebulous black lunch table that exists—there is a community—just in some undeclared space.”
The Black Lunch Table, 2014, hosted at Black Artist Retreat, Dorchester Projects. Photo courtesy artists. Chicago, IL
Carrie Mae Weems and Renee Cox at [B.A.R.] or Black Artists Retreat, 2014. Photo courtesy of Andre D. Wagner. Chicago, IL.
Everybody left there really charged, asking us, ‘When are you going to do this again? We need to do this again.’”
Participants at the Editathon hosted by The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Photo courtesy artists. New York, NY
“Black art is art in general...it’s not something that you can define.”
“Black art is art in general and that it’s not something that you can define."
“Do I have a responsibility? I’m a black woman. Do I have to make work about my experience? Do I have to make work about identity?”
The Black Lunch Table, 2015, hosted at Porch Project: Black Lunch Table, sponsored by Elsewhere Museum. Photo courtesy artists. Greensboro, NC.
“So can we say black lives matter? Can we say Muslim lives matter? Can we say all lives matter?”