The Image of Masculinity
The USC Fisher Museum of Art hosts a talk about the impact of visual media culture on the black male image.
Join moderator Francille Wilson and a distinguished panel, who will consider the impact of visual media culture on the perception of masculinity within African American culture.
Taj Frazier is an assistant professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His research and teaching focuses on race, cross-cultural exchange, social movements and pop culture. Frazier examines the global representation of these topics through performance, media, athletics, activism and diplomacy. Frazier is currently researching the relationship between African American intellectuals and China between 1946 and 1976, and the relationship between China and the African diaspora.
Kai M. Green is a poet, performer, musician and filmmaker dedicated to bringing the stories of the oppressed to forefront through art and scholarship. Green completed a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Africana Studies at Williams College in 2007. Green is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC and is working on a dissertation that engages the stories and histories of black queer Los Angeles.
Javon Johnson is Vision and Voices’ first annual Provost’s Fellow at USC. Johnson specializes in performance, constructions and representations of black masculinity, black pop culture, spoken word and slam poetry, and 20th century African American literature, along with race, gender and sexuality. He currently teaches an African American Popular Culture course through the department of American Studies and Ethnicity in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Lewis Watts is a photographer and a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His photographic work focuses on the narrative of the African diaspora through cultural landscapes. Within these cultural landscapes, Watts also studies architecture and how its manipulation of space relates and interacts with the people in the community. His book Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era celebrates and explores the jazz community in San Francisco in the 1940s and 1950s. Watts is a featured artist in “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.”
September 7-December 3, 12-5 p.m. Posing Beauty in African American Culture
A look at the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts.
November 9, 5-6:30 p.m. Contesting Beauty
The USC Fisher Museum of Art hosts a talk on the impact of African American beauty pageants and the image of the idealized woman.