Sanjit Sethi, Chair, Community Arts
Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Wattis Institute: All are welcome to attend these free lectures. Small Talks connect the artistic practices and research concerns of CCA faculty with the themes of the exhibition and Mark Twain's novel.
Huckleberry Finn is the final show in a trilogy of Wattis Institute exhibitions that are based on canonical American novels. 2010 marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of Mark Twain's famous book, and the 100th anniversary of the author's passing. It is considered one of the most important works of American literature, yet it still tops the banned-book list.
This exhibition features the work of 36 artists, including 15 new commissions by such diverse artists as Edgar Arceneaux, Jason Meadows, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Allison Smith, and Kara Walker. Historical artifacts and artworks by Elizabeth Catlett, Clementine Hunter, Horace Pippin, Betye Saar, and others offer a portrait of the American South in the time of slavery. In addition, the Wattis will present the West Coast premiere of the newly restored 1920 silent film Huckleberry Finn.