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Socially Engaged: Public and Private Storytelling

© 2008–2015 LaToya Ruby Frazier.

Lecture M. Victor Leventritt Lecture

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

In this lecture, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier will discuss the value of collaboration—with individuals, families, and communities—to create a powerful platform for social change. Today, mass media dictates the dominant narrative, often silencing vulnerable communities and perspectives. Parallel realities and experiences can be found across poor and working-class America—urban decay, white flight, economic stagnation, crime, illness, and unravelling civic connections—and these can make for a bleak vision of the country. However, there are ways to engage marginalized groups and individuals to amplify their voices and come together with renewed agency. With references to art, activism, and grassroots political action, this lecture will inspire audiences to use digital technology and storytelling together in order to foster greater empathy, connection, and understanding.

Following her talk, Frazier will be in conversation with Sarah Lewis, assistant professor in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic from the Boston Globe, will be moderating the discussion.

This program is presented in conjunction with Sarah Lewis’s curricular installation Vision and Justice: The Art of Citizenship, on view in the University Teaching Gallery until January 8, 2017.

Before the talk, from 5 to 6pm, visitors will have an opportunity to view the Vision and Justice installation on Level 3. The lecture hall doors open at 5:30pm. The lecture will begin at 6pm in Menschel Hall, on the Lower Level.

Free admission. After 5pm, please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for the lecture is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.