A Hybrid Pedagogical Model
During Wintersession 2021, students in a RISD course entitled Pan-African Aesthetics: Past, Present, Future examined the way that diverse cultural elements from the African Diaspora have been deployed together in visual and popular culture from the early 20th century to present day. Alongside professor and SEI fellow Dr. Jane'a Johnson, they questioned the history, purpose, political implications, and possible limitations of a Pan-African aesthetic.
A Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua
The handmade object has a tendency to prompt memories from the craftsperson who made it. In this reflection on an embroidered purse from the 1970s, Ariel Wills and Kate Irvin are joined by maker Christina Bevilacqua for a dynamic conversation that demonstrates the narrative qualities embodied in material culture.