Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value Book Launch and Conversation about Art and Politics

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Celebrate the launch of Saturation: Race, Art and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press, 2020), co-edited by Arts Politics Professor Hentyle Yapp and C. Riley Snorton.

The event will comprise of special discussion featuring contributing artists Xandra Ibarra, Kent Monkman, and Tourmaline, moderated by artist and scholar Richard Fung, with an introduction by the editors.

This event is hosted by the New Museum (following text pulled from New Museum event site):

Taking cues from this new anthology and highlighting the artistic practices of the panelists, this event will focus on the various ways the political is navigated through art. This conversation will explore the limits of art and activism and how artists who are considered “political” and “activists” do not necessarily find parity across art and activism but, rather, real disconnects. Rather than viewed simply as problems, these disconnects rethink the relationship across art and politics, particularly in a moment when activism is being reenvisioned.

Saturation: Race, Art and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press, 2020) is the fourth book in the New Museum’s Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture series co-published by the New Museum and MIT Press. This book rethinks how and why controversies involving race and the art world are often discussed in terms of diversity and representation—as if having the right representative from a group or a larger plurality of embodied difference would absolve art institutions from historic forms of exclusion. Saturation offers another approach, taking into account not only questions of racial representation but also issues of structural change.


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Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Research and Residencies Council of the New Museum.

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Special thanks to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University; and to the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at University of Chicago