Panel Discussion: When Histories Collide
Join us for an evening of connection and conversation with artists Jackie Milad, Fred Wilson, and Nekisha Durrett prompted by Histories Collide, an exhibition that features new work by Durrett and Milad created in dialogue with Fred Wilson’s sculpture Artemis/Bast (1992) following an open call to artists.
The conversation will be moderated by Lisa Graziose Corrin, Ellen Philips Katz Director of The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. In 1992, as founding curator and educator at Baltimore’s nomadic art museum The Contemporary, Graziose Corrin collaborated with George Ciscle to organize Fred Wilson’s pathbreaking installation Mining the Museum at the Maryland Center for History and Culture (formerly known as the Maryland Historical Society).
Meet the artists after the discussion during a reception in Fox Court.
This program is produced in partnership with the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center at Johns Hopkins University.
6 p.m. – Doors open
6:30 p.m. – Panel discussion begins in the BMA Auditorium
7:30 p.m. – Open reception in Fox Court
8:30 p.m. – Program ends
Seating in the BMA Auditorium is available on a first-come basis. Live captioning and assisted listening devices will be provided.
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Nekisha Durrett (born 1976, Washington, DC) has exhibited her work throughout the region and nationally. Recent installations include Up ‘til Now, a solar-powered sculpture that evokes the history of Washington, DC’s landscape and architecture; Messages for the City in collaboration with For Freedoms in New York’s Times Square; a wall-mounted public sculpture in Miami, Florida made in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas; and a permanent installation in the renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington, DC. Durrett’s current works in progress investigate individual and collective histories and instances of erasure in the man-made and natural environments in Arlington, Virginia and West Palm Beach, Florida. A three-dimensional, wall-mounted text-based installation opens at the Duke Gallery at James Madison University in fall 2022. Durrett earned her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City and MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including The National Museum of African American History and Culture and The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
Jackie Milad (born 1975, Baltimore, Maryland) has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Select exhibitions include Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC; Arthur Ross Gallery University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA; Loyola University Maryland, The Walters Art Museum, and Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD; Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Milad is a multi-year recipient of the individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2019, she was named a Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Finalist and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby Grantee. In 2022, Milad received an Artist Travel Prize from the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City to research ancient Egyptian objects held at the British Museum. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and her MFA from Towson University. Her work is included in private and public collections, such as The Academy Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Pizzuti Collection, GLB Memorial Foundation Collection, The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, and Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Fred Wilson (born 1954, Bronx, New York) has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions around the globe since his groundbreaking exhibition Mining the Museum opened at the Maryland Historical Society in 1992. His work can be found in several public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Long Museum, Shanghai, Japan; Tate Modern in London; and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Wilson presented his exhibition Afro Kismet at the 2017 Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, which traveled to London, New York, and Los Angeles. Since 2008, Wilson has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He represented the U.S. at the Cairo Biennale (1992) and Venice Biennale (2003). His many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Fellowship (1999), Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (2006), the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change fellowship (2018), and Brandeis University’s Creative Arts Award (2019).
Lisa Corrin is the Ellen Philips Katz Director of The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. Her previous positions include Director, Williams College Museum of Art, Deputy Director of Art/Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, where she was the artistic lead for its new waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park, Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London and Assistant Director/Curator of The Contemporary in Baltimore. She has published widely on contemporary art, public art, and critical museology. Her book Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson was given the George Wittenborn Award by the North America Libraries Association in 1994. She has written extensively on Mark Dion’s work including contributing to Phaidon’s monograph on the artist. Most recently she was co-curator of A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s.
The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center
The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries advances original research, student engagement, and public humanities scholarship by connecting faculty, students, staff, and the general public with the university’s rare and unique special collections and archives, including rare books, manuscripts, oral histories, maps, photographs, audiovisual material, historic documents, and more.
Histories Collide: Jackie Milad x Fred Wilson x Nekisha Durrett is supported by The Dorman/Mazaroff Contemporary Endowment Fund