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 UNTITLED (BLUE), 2019 by Alanna Fields, Archival inkjet print on canvas, Japanese kozo, encaustic, frame
Ancestors at Play: Audacity and Visibility in the Queer Black Archive
Join artist and archivist Alanna Fields, artist and historian Noelle Lorraine Williams, and poet and writer Naomi Extra for a dynamic conversation about Black representation in art and how Black queer representation has been historically obscured. Moderated by professor Beryl Satter, co-founder of Queer Newark Oral History Project.

Alanna Fields is a 2020 Lynn and John Kearney Fellow for Equity at Gallery Aferro, and as a culmination of that award, Aferro is working with the Queer Newark Oral History Project and the Departments of African American and African Studies and History at Rutgers University-Newark to offer public engagement with her research and artmaking.

The Fellowship is one of several fully-funded opportunities for artists available in Gallery Aferro's workspace residency program, and supports women artists of color at any age, to advance gender-based, racial and economic justice.

Apr 22, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Alanna Fields
Alanna Fields is an American mixed-media artist and archivist whose work investigates and challenges representations of Black queer identity and history through the lens of photography. Fields' work has been featured in exhibitions including Felix Art Fair, LA, UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami, MoCADA, and Pratt Institute. Fields is a Gordon Parks Foundation Scholar, 2020 Light Work AIR, 2020 recipient of the Lynn and John Kearney Fellowship for Equity at Gallery Aferro, as well as a Baxter St. CCNY Workspace AIR. She received her MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and has given talks at the Aperture Foundation, Stanford University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Parson's New School, and Syracuse University. Fields lives and works in New York City.
Noelle Lorraine Williams
Noelle Lorraine Williams lives and works in Newark, NJ. She is a graduate of the New School for Social Research and Rutgers University-Newark. As a public humanities specialist, artist, researcher and curator, her work examines the ways African Americans utilize culture to re-imagine liberation in the United States. She has exhibited and lectured at the Newark Museum, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Jersey City Museum, Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn and Cue Art in Manhattan. Her work has been reviewed in the Star-Ledger, New York Times, ArtNews, and other publications. Her “Radical Women” exhibit at the Newark Public Library was the recipient of the Giles R. Wright Award for contributions to African American History in NJ. She currently continues to make art, curate, teach and write about history, African American women’s lives and liberated communities in the United States. Visit her current project “Black Power! 19th Century” at blackpower19thcentury.com
Naomi Extra
Naomi Extra is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. In both her creative and scholarly work she explores the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of Black women and girls. She has been awarded fellowships by Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the African American Intellectual History Society. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, Zora, Ms. Magazine Blog, Lit Hub, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her poetry manuscript entitled Ratchet Supreme was selected by Tiana Clark as the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize.