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Center of Unfinished Business by Contemporary And (C&)

A roving reading room exploring colonial legacies and repercussions

06 May

11 September

Exhibition Highlights

Exhibition Details

The C& Center of Unfinished Business is a roving reading room and discussion-based program organized by the multimedia platform Contemporary And (C&) and conceived by C& co-founders and artistic directors Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba. The project was launched in 2017 and has since traveled to art spaces and museums around the world. The CAC’s iteration, sited in the lobby, features a curated selection of seminal books and a series of discussions that respond to water as a literal and metaphorical framework for exploring African American and African diasporic experiences and cultures. Through the selection of significant and at times unsettling texts, the installation highlights the ubiquitous traces of colonialism that extend throughout all facets of life.

This exhibit is paired with three slow-reading group events led by Dr. Chandra Frank. Participants will explore texts and ideas related to the C& Center of Unfinished Business installed in the CAC lobby and the Breaking Water exhibition. Participants will be invited to engage with short readings selected from the Center of Unfinished Business, quotes, and artwork from the Breaking Water exhibition. Readings will include Alexis Pauline Gumbs' Undrowned, Safiya Umoja Noble's Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Stuart Hall's Familiar Stranger, and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Word for World is Forest. Participants will receive printed-out copies of readings. No pre-reading is required, and refreshments will be provided.

Location: Contemporary Arts Center Lobby

Sunday May 8, 2:00-4:00pm

Sunday June 26, 2:00-4:00pm

Sunday August 28, 2:00-4:00pm

Registration is encouraged.

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Curated by

The C& Center of Unfinished Business is curated at the Contemporary Arts Center by Amara Antilla, CAC Senior Curator and Dr. Chandra Frank, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.

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