In Dialogue: Art, Power, And Identity

November 13, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Trustee Room, Mark Building
Arvie Smith – Dem Golden Slippers
Arvie Smith, Dem Golden Slippers, 2007, oil on linen, Gift of Donna Hammar, © Arvie Smith, 2010.80

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This fall, we will investigate power and identity through special exhibitions by Josh Kline and Arvie Smith. Kline’s Freedom examines politicians, protest movements, and surveillance tactics in our digital age. Arvie Smith explores African American experiences of injustice—and the will to resist. Using essays by Ralph Ellison and Sandy Alexandre, this seminar examines how race shapes our vision. We will discuss “the gaze” and “looking” as racialized practices that reveal and distort how we see, and navigate, American society.

The seminar will be facilitated by Derrais (d.a.) Carter, a Portland-based educator, writer, and academic storyteller. His research explores historical and aesthetic constructions of black genders and sexualities. He is also a member of the Queering Slavery Working Group. This interdisciplinary scholarly collective uses Tumblr to place black queer studies in conversation with the history of enslavement and queer of color critique. Dr. Carter is an assistant professor of Black Studies at Portland State University.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators and students, please enter the promo code EDUCATOR16 with Adult ticket type to receive your discount.

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This series is co-sponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.