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A talk by Derek Conrad Murray: "David Huffman: On the Mythopoetics of Racial Trauma"

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Bay Tree Cervantes & Velasquez Room

This talk will consider recent work by Oakland-based painter David Huffman. Huffman's paintings explore themes of politics, race, power and conflict. Widely known as a provocateur, Huffman creates a dense psychological universe that melds social commentary, science fiction and references to African-American culture. The lecture will chart an evolution in the artist's iconography, from the didactic Afro-futurist imaging of the racialized body, to his recent forays into abstraction, sculpture and video.
Derek Conrad Murray is an art critic, historian, and interdisciplinary theorist specializing in contemporary art, theory and criticism, cultural studies, and visual culture. Murray completed a Ph.D. in the Department of History of Art, Cornell University in 2005. As a critic and theorist, he has contributed to leading publications on contemporary art, including Parachute, Public Art Review, Art in America, Art Journal, Exit EXPRESS, Third Text and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, where he currently serves as Associate Editor. Murray is currently completing a book entitled Regarding Difference: Contemporary African-American Art and the Politics of Recognition.


Co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Arts Division.


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