Dunkerley Dialogue with Ebony G. Patterson and Winston Grady-Willis

Mixed media portrait of a person with an abstract, colorful background.
Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled (Blingas I) (detail), 2008, from the series Gangstas for Life, mixed media on hand-cut paper, 60 x 44 inches, courtesy of the Irurre Savic Collection, Korea and Switzerland, and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Join us on Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 PM for a Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Ebony G. Patterson, whose work is on view in the Tang exhibition Serious Sparkle, and Winston Grady-Willis, a Skidmore College professor and founding director of the Black Studies Program.

This event follows the talk “The Revolt of the Cinematic Black Athlete” at 5:30 PM in the Payne Room.

Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley, ’80.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speakers

Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica; lives and works in Kingston and Chicago, Illinois) received her BFA from Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica, in 2004 and MFA from Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 2006. Patterson’s solo exhibitions and projects have been shown at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Baltimore Museum of Art; and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Dead Treez, Patterson’s first large-scale institutional solo show, originated at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and traveled to Museum of Art and Design, New York City. Her work was been exhibited at the 32nd São Paulo Bienal; the 12th Havana Biennial; Prospect.3, New Orleans; and the Jamaica Biennial in 2014. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva Island, Florida, and served on the Artistic Director’s Council for Prospect.4, New Orleans. Her awards include the United States Artist Award; a Tiffany Foundation Grant; a Joan Mitchell Foundation Art Grant; and the Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, in conjunction with Small Axe Project. Patterson is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Winston Grady-Willis returns to Skidmore College as professor and founding director of Black Studies. From 2008-2011, Grady-Willis was associate professor of American Studies and a member of a three-person diversity and inclusion leadership team at Skidmore College. Most recently, he was inaugural director of the School of Gender, Race and Nations at Portland State University, and professor and chair of Africana Studies at MSU Denver. He received the Meredith Teaching Recognition Award while at Syracuse University, where he taught in the Department of African American Studies. His first book, Challenging U.S. Apartheid: Atlanta and Black Struggles for Human Rights, 1960-1977, seeks to provide a gendered examination of the transition between nonviolent direct action and Black Power during the contemporary Black Freedom movement. He is also lead author of the electronic textbook The Struggle Continues: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Africana Studies.

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