The Cooper

2019 Jan 21

Scholar to Scholar: A Conversation w/ Nikki Greene & Kimberly Juanita Brown


Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


102 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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As “Nine Moments for Now” closes its exciting run at the Cooper Gallery, we invite Kimberly Juanita Brown and Nikki A. Greene to articulate their responses to the content and impact of the show.

Brown is the Chair of Gender Studies and an Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is also the founder of The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Seminar and author of The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press).

Nikki Greene is an art historian and Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College. She is also the visual arts editor of Transition magazine published by Indiana University Press and author of the forthcoming book, "Grime, Glass, and Glitter: The Body and The Sonic in Contemporary Black Art" (Duke University Press). Given the current national landscape, we believe that black women scholars have much to say about how art impacts culture, discourse, and democracy.

2019 Jan 19

FINAL Curator's Tour of "Nine Moments for Now"


Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Join us for the final Curator's tour of the Cooper Gallery's current exhibition, Nine Moments for Now, led by Dell Marie Hamilton! She will offer a thorough walkthrough of the gallery spaces. Nine Moments for Now is a part of the For Freedoms nationwide initiative, spearheaded by artist Hank Willis Thomas.

Read about Dell Marie Hamilton Here.

Read about Nine Moments for Now Here.

Read about For Freedoms Initiative Here.

2019 Jan 18

Remembrance, Recollection and Reflection: A Conversation with Craig Bailey, Philip Robinson, and Michèle Oshima


Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Please join photographer Craig Bailey, Poet Philip Robinson, and Michèle Oshima for a commemoration of the subjects of "The Faces of the AIDS Crisis" photos in the Cooper Gallery's "Nine Moments for Now" exhibition on Friday, January 18 at 6 pm.  We will have a reading of the texts accompanying each photo, which were written by close friends of each of the people in the photos; a reading of selections from Philip Robinson's collection of poetry, "We Still Leave A Legacy".  Attendees will also be offered the opportunity to call the names of loved ones lost to AIDS, to offer personal recollections and stories about their experiences relating to the crisis years and to read poems from the classic anthologies "In The Life: A Black Gay Anthology", "The Road Before Us: 100 Gay Black Poets", "Brother to Brother", "Other Countries: Black Gay Voices" and more as we close with catharsis.

Read about Craig Bailey on his website. 

About the Readers:

Philip Robinson is an award-winning poet, writer and activist. Philip’s second book of poems, We Still Leave a Legacy, debuted in 2010 and was revised in 2017; it deals in part with the many people who transitioned from HIV/AIDS. A silk-screened version of the title poem is a panel in the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. He is anthologized in The Road Before Us: 100 Gay Black Poets edited by the late Assoto Saint, and In The Life: A Black Gay Anthology, edited by the late Joseph Beam. These two particular books were noteworthy as they explored the various challenges these writers faced to be both black and gay in modern America. These books also reflected the affirming power of coming together to build a strong Black gay community. Philip and his partner, Joseph Jackson, met in 1977 and have been in a union since 1981. They are both retired from Boston Public Schools and live in West Roxbury, MA.

Entrepreneur Michèle Oshima loves working as an intellectual matchmaker, connecting brilliant creative people. An out-of-the-box thinker, she is passionate about facilitating aha moments across disciplines and helping people realize their creative potential. Oshima is proud to have nurtured the collaboration between Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky resulting in the documentary “Is the Man Who Is Tall, Happy?” She is a particularly fierce advocate for all genres of the contemporary arts. She has significant experience in both women’s studies and international business.  As an academic adviser, advocate, counselor and administrator, Oshima has worked to build communities and create spaces where engagement with new information could thrive in academic areas, artistic expression, residential communities, and cultural practice.   She has an exceptionally strong record of programmatic innovation and an uncanny ability to demonstrate intellectual matchmaking with faculty, staff, and students alike.  Oshima is a Wellesley College alumna.

2019 Jan 12

Conversation Among Artists: L'Merchie Frazier and Mildred Howard


Saturday, January 12, 2019, 5:30pm to 8:30pm



Frazier's work, "Ericka Huggins: Liberation Groceries," 2018 and "Frances Ellen Watkins Harper," 2018 & Howard's work "Killeen II," 1992 and "Cousin Ickles Rugeley," 1993 is part of the exhibition:: Nine Moment For Now – on view October 31st, 2018 through January 21st, 2019.

Conversations Among Artists are after-hours talks on the perspectives and practices of African & African-American Art between artists who have participated in the current exhibition at the Cooper Gallery.

A free ticketed event, see for details.

Learn more about L'Merchie Frazier here and check out Mildred Howard's website here.

2018 Dec 21

"Pack Our Bags" Packing Workshop


Friday, December 21, 2018, 2:20pm to 3:30pm

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As we look towards creating a better world, what values should we take with us, and what should we leave behind?  In this artist-led workshop, participants will be invited to create and contribute their own values to the “Pack Our Bags” installation as part of Nine Moments for Now.   Bring your vision for a better future; all other materials will be provided.

This workshops seeks to activate participants' consciousnesses around the concepts and values we hold dear.  Through conversation, consideration, and creation, participants will be invited to make concept block sculptures similar to the ones that the artist has created for the "Pack Our Bags" installation.  The concept blocks that are are created will become part of the installation for the duration of the exhibition.  Participants may either contribute their pieces permanently to the installation, or may pick up their values at the close of the show. 

Elisa H. Hamilton is a multimedia artist who creates inclusive artworks that emphasize shared spaces and the hopeful examination of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. Read about her work on her website. 

Follow her on social media: Twitter & Instagram.