This LibGuide was created to accompany the Visions & Voices event: R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking. Organized by USC Roski Professor Suzanne Lacy, the exhibition will run from Monday, January 14 through Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Opening Reception and Discussion
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6 to 7 p.m: Reception
7 to 9 p.m.: Panel Discussion
Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Forum
3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Admission is free. Reservations required.
Artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas will explore the links between art, pedagogy, and social change with Annenberg Associate Professor Taj Frazier. The opening will be live streamed on Facebook.
The exhibition is inspired by Question Bridge: Black Males, an innovative transmedia project that uses video to facilitate a conversation among Black men from diverse backgrounds. Question Bridge started in 1996 when artist Chris Johnson facilitated questions from one segment of the Black community, those who lived in the “hood,” to another segment, “well-off” Black people living outside of the “hood” through videotaped interviews. The project evolved In 2007 with the involvement of artists Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair to focus on Black males specifically. Question Bridge: Black Males has been internationally exhibited and a high school curriculum is being piloted in multiple school districts across the country.
Question Bridge will be reinvented for the USC community through R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking—a multi-site exhibition, conversation, and curriculum that creates a platform for community partners and faculty/students to create their own “Question Bridge” as live or social media engagements, exploring issues of race and identity.