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Curator Culture: Kimberly Drew & Charles Blow
Sunday, Feb 10
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SEEN AND HEARD: THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE IN ART AND POLITICS
Being visible and having a voice—both are indispensable in making a difference, having influence and creating change. Join writer, curator and activist Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy), New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow and host Tom Healy for the next Curator Culture on Sunday, February 10.
Moderated by writer and activist Tom Healy, the curated conversations are centered around a universal question – what is really worth our time to look at, listen to, touch, taste or talk about? The series aims to bring together unexpected pairings of artists, engineers, musicians, writers, chefs, gamers, political activists, art curators, athletes and others who influence the way we look at and experience the world. Curator Culture is presented thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.
RSVP is required. We encourage guests to arrive early, as seating after 5:15 p.m. will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
$10 | FREE for members
*For current museum members, please use the above link, sign-in and the discount will be applied.
Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Since starting her blog, Drew has worked for Hyperallergic, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Lehmann Maupin, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has delivered lectures and participated in panel discussions nationally and internationally. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, W, Teen Vogue, and Lenny Letter. She also serves as a board member for Recess Activities, Inc. Drew recently left her role as the Social Media Manager at The Met to pursue writing full-time. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.
Charles M. Blow has been a New York Times Op-Ed columnist since 2008. His column appears on Monday and Thursday. Mr. Blow joined The New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. In that role, he led The Times to a best of show award from the Society for News Design for The Times’s information graphics coverage of 9/11, the first time the award had been given for graphics coverage. He also led the paper to its first two best of show awards from the Malofiej Infographics World Summit for work that included coverage of the Iraq war. Mr. Blow became the paper’s design director for news before leaving in 2006 to become the art director of National Geographic magazine. Before joining The Times, Mr. Blow had been a graphic artist at The Detroit News. Mr. Blow is the author of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” released in September 2014. He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications. He lives in Brooklyn and has three children.
TOM HEALY, Moderator
Tom Healy is a poet, art collector and activist. He directs the Brooklyn Conference on Art and Social Change at the Brooklyn Museum and, under President Barack Obama, he served as chairman of the international Fulbright scholars program. Tom is the author of three books of poetry.
ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.