Black in the Woods:
Representation and the Pastoral
Ayanah Moor + Krista Franklin
PRINT 652 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks
Lab Fee: $100
This interdisciplinary seminar and studio course examines notions of blackness and the pastoral. We will discuss art works and readings related to concepts of the gothic, identity, race, cultural studies and the landscape. In addition to more traditional processes including papermaking, cyanotype, relief printing and creative writing exercises, faculty will support and cultivate diverse approaches to media, such as performance, site-specific installation, and field recording. Readings will include excerpts from Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry Ed. by Camille T. Dungy; Demonic Grounds: Black Women and The Cartographies of Struggle by Katherine McKittrick; and White: Essays on Race and Culture by Richard Dyer; in addition to media screenings of Get Out by Jordan Peele, Swimming in Your Skin Again by Terence Nance, and Falling to get here by Suné Woods.
- Ayanah Moor -
Ayanah Moor is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice takes the form of individual action, collaboration, and participation. Her creative tools include printmedia, painting, drawing, and performance. Moor’s visual field, black vernacular and gender performance, operate within the discourse of authorship, sampling, and appropriation. She has exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Wexner Center for the Arts, One Archives—University of Southern California Libraries and The Mattress Factory Art Museum. Dan S. Wang & Anthony Romero’s 2016 book, The Social Practice that is Race, described her work alongside Hank Willis Thomas and Ellen Gallagher as “carrying forward a new black arts tradition.” Moor completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA at Tyler School of Art. She is currently Chair of the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Krista Franklin -
Krista Franklin’s poems and visual art have appeared in Poetry, Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, BOMB Magazine, Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K and Vol. L-Z, and the anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Willow Books published Study of Love & Black Body, her chapbook of poems, in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited at The Obama Foundation Summit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago.