Artist Talk: Garland Martin Taylor

Aug 11, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Artist Garland Martin Taylor will present an artist lecture on his practice and new works at the gallery for the exhibition, This Heat. Special introductions made by Associate Professor of African American and Latino/a Studies at Northwestern University, Dr. John D. Marquez. A reception will follow the evening program.

Admission to the talk and exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Garland Martin Taylor is a Chicago-based sculptor and researcher with a Masters in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute. He is a direct metal formalist who welds and shapes various metals. Taylor also works with materials such as bald cypress twigs, kinky hair, baseball stitching, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cut tacks, wood, and stone into large-scale abstract, functional, and socio-politically charged heirlooms inspired by his research and scholarship on 19th century black political cartoons. Since 2012, Taylor has devoted half of his professional practice to studying the life and art of H. J. Lewis. He recently contributed the essay “Out of Jest: The Art of Henry Jackson Lewis” to Comics & Media: A Special Issue of Critical Inquiry. And in late 2014, Garland was awarded a Curtis Sykes Memorial Grant for Arkansas History from the Arkansas History Commission. Most recently Taylor was a core collaborator in a Mellon Fellowship at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago where he co-taught the course "The Art and Politics of Black Death" with political scientist Cathy J. Cohen, and documentary filmmaker Orlando Bagwell.

John D. Marquez is a critical race/ethnic studies scholar who was trained in the field of relational ethnic studies. He works across and against traditional disciplines, identitarian frameworks, and nation state boundaries. Dr. Márquez’s scholarship and teaching peruse the borders of and build bridges between Black Studies, Latin@ Studies, and Native American Studies. His work facilitates conversations around prisons and punishment; critical race theory; racial capitalism; Black politics; Xicanismo; indigeneity; borders and borderlands; post-colonialism; decolonization; settler colonialism; neoliberalism; and social movement theory.

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From the exhibition “This Heat”