Theodore A. Harris. Postcard from Conquest, 2008, collection of Beatrice Jauregui and Anand Rao.
APRIL 6, 7 - 8:30 pm: "VETOED DREAMS: PUBLIC ART IN THE AGE OF INSURRECTION" talk at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, part of Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America, a collaborative, multivenue exhibition presented by The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), up through October 8, 2023. Commissioned new works examine the timely question: “Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?” Installations by 20 celebrated artists explore themes of equality, free speech, and other tenets of democracy. For information on the exhibition, events and programs, visit RisingSunPhilly.org. AAMP: 701 Arch Street; and PAFA: 118-128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Oct. 11-Nov. 21, 2021
Theodore A. Harris: Art as Social Praxis
Dedicated to Art Historian David Craven
Curated by Thea Gahr
Exhibition and artist residency
The Linfield Art Gallery, Linfield University
Opening reception & artist talk: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.
Our Flesh of Flames reissued
Our Flesh of Flames, by Amiri Baraka and Theodore A. Harris, is once again available. Purchase your copy from Moonstone Publishing, and check back here for readings and other events.
Thursday, April 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m.: "VETOED DREAMS: PUBLIC ART IN THE AGE OF INSURRECTION," talk at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. As we consider the current challenges of democracy in America, public artists in Philadelphia continue to make visible the experience of and response to systemic racism and white supremacy. Join multidisciplinary artist Theodore A. Harris, the anonymous art collective Mz. Icar, and poet Lamont B. Steptoe in a conversation moderated by Dr. Mey-Yen Moriuchi to examine how the public art landscape has changed over time.
PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. $5 – $10.
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.: Opening reception and artist talk with Theodore A. Harris. The Linfield Art Gallery, Linfield University, McMinnville, OR
March 27, 2021, 5 to 6 p.m., "The Poetic History Book of Theodore A. Harris: Collagist, Activist, Curator." Interview with Tina Brock on "Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation," produced by the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium.
Dec. 4, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time), Theodore A Harris presents recent work at the sixth annual Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium symposium, "Ad Absurdum: The Politics and Poetics of Absurdity in Avant-Garde Art and Thought," free webinar hosted by the Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania. To reserve, click here.
Online PAFA Pours talk, "The Visuality of Covering," Thursday, May 21, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Harris talks about one of his works in the PAFA collection, Vetoed Dreams (1995), in conversation with PAFA's Contemporary Curator, Jodi Throckmorton, and Curator of the John Rhoden Collection, Brittany Webb; and about ways people cover themselves, historical depictions of covering, and current makers. The conversation was recorded and can be played on PAFA's Youtube channel, here.
Eburne, Jonathan P. "After Somebody Blew Up America: An Interview with Theodore A. Harris and Jonathan P. Eburne." ASAP/J, Sept. 23, 2021, concurrently published with:
Heon, John. "Theodore A. Harris: Master Unmasker of Hidden Histories." ASAP/J, by the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP).
Together, the two companion pieces offer rich insight into Harris's creative process and the wide-reaching effects of his work. ASAP is an international, nonprofit dedicated to discovering and articulating the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts.
Emmelhainz, Irmgard. "Art as Seeing Through Neoliberal De-reification." NONsite.org, Issue #36, May 9, 2021.
Form and Politics, Kristin Prevallet's interview with Theodore A. Harris in BOMB Magazine, Nov. 2, 2020.
African American Review. Johns Hopkins University Press, Vol. 53, No. 3, Fall 2020. Cover art.
New Thesentür works by Theodore A. Harris are published, along with his essay, in "Thesentür Re-Imagines Marker & Resnais, 'Statues Also Die'" on the website, Chris Marker: Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory, June 20, 2020. In his introduction to Harris's work, Daniel L. Potter writes: "In the midst of the greatest civil uprising since the late 1960s ... it was extremely apropos to receive email correspondence from Mr. Theodore A. Harris regarding an art project in his Thesentür series, inspired by Marker’s, Resnais’ and Ghislain Cloquet’s 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi. The potent critique of art imperialism and Africa has only become available for viewing recently...."
Writes Harris: "What gripped me was how the English and French text were translating each other [in closed captioning] against the animated images, of the looted, functional art from a stolen people, robbed blind by the bloodied-braille of an alien language."
Visit www.chrismarker.org for the essay and searing new artworks, as well as a link to the film on Youtube.
The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today (Intellect Books, 2019, 434 pages), edited by Marc James Léger, includes an essay by Léger, "Austerity and Impunity, and a Few Words with Theodore A. Harris."
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