The Ulrich Museum of Art is excited to host artist Ayana V. Jackson for a virtual artist talk at 6 p.m. on June 15. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Jackson is a contemporary American photographer and filmmaker who mines 18th- and 19th-century Western art and photographs as a means to challenge racial and gender stereotypes ingrained in historical narratives. Her work examines how the Black body has been portrayed, what has been left out of the frame and uses self-portraiture to consider the role these narratives play in constructing identities. Jackson’s work is held in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Princeton University Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Detroit Institute of Art, and National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Two new acquisitions of her work for the museum’s collection are included in the Ulrich summer exhibition Art Is a Superpower!, which is on display at the Ulrich 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through July 31. Admission is free. The Jackson pieces in the Ulrich collection were also recently featured in one of the museum’s TikTok posts.