Left of Black

A Contrarian View of Blackness

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Left of Black S2:E6
w/ Dr. Kenneth Montague and Kellie Jones
October 17, 2011

Dr. Kenneth Montague, a Toronto-based dentist and the curator of Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, joins Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal at the Nasher Museum in Durham, Carolina. The Windsor, Ontario born Montague has collected contemporary art since the 1990s, and was influenced by African American culture from across the Detroit River. Neal and Montague discuss some of the featured artists in the collection including Jamel Shabazz, Carrie Mae Weems, Malick Sidibé, and James VanDerZee, and the importance of collecting Black Art.

Later in the episode, Neal is joined via Skype© by Columbia University Art Historian Kellie Jones, author of the new book Eyeminded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art.   Neal and Jones discuss her famous parents, Hettie Jones and Amiri Baraka, and her work as curator of the new exhibit, Now Dig this! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

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Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.

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Episodes of Left of Black are also available for download @ iTunes U

Filed under Amiri Baraka, Dr. Kenneth Montague, Eyeminded, Hettie Jones, Jamel Shabazz, James VanDerZee, Kellie Jones, Malick Sidibe, Now Dig This, Ontario, Wedge Collection, Windsor

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