Perspectives on Colescott: Identity, Satire and Politics

December 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Throughout the run of Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, themes of race and gender continually inspire dialogues that bridge the exhibition as a reflection of today’s concerns.  Evolving from the work of this season’s In Dialogue series, this round table discussion centers the voices of Broke Gravy, and guests Chevonne Ball and Nishat Akhtar, in a wide-ranging conversation that links the issues of identity, satire and politics within Colescott’s work.  This talk is supported by Cheryl and Rena Tonkin, and Marv Tonkin Leasing Company, In Memory of Alan Baron Tonkin.

Broke Gravy uses improv comedy and storytelling to discover truth between the blurry lines of the daily grind.  As three black men living in America, they utilize their unique voices to spark thoughtful conversations on and off comedy stages. Through an open and honest dialogue, they exchange their experiences with those of their audience—exploring deeper perspectives on comedy, relationships, and humanity. Also, they’re funny AF. Learn more about Broke Gravy at

Recently named a Wine Enthusiasts Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2020, and a Rising Star by SevenFiftyDaily, Chevonne Ball is the Owner and Founder of Dirty Radish Travel Company. Her travel company connects travelers to her favorite places, Oregon and France, for world class hospitality and wine education. After moving to France in 2009 “on a wing and a prayer,” Ball fell in love with the food, wine, and people in Beaujolais in particular. She made it her mission to bring that passion to others who realize the region has so much more to offer than just Nouveau. She honed her wine skills and became a Certified Sommelier and French Wine Scholar.

Nishat Akhtar is a Creative Director at Instrument and with an ongoing illustration practice. Her work is multi-disciplinary, ranging from illustration and brand design to interactive projects. Clients include Nike, Google, ACLU, NYTimes and more. Nishat has shared her artwork globally through exhibitions, lectures and workshops from New York to Japan. 


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.