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Carrying Your Part of the Sky: What Artists Do in Perilous Times

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019
5:00 pm
- 6:00 pm

A conversation with acclaimed novelist Edwidge Danticat and artist and scholar Frances Negrón-Muntaner, moderated by Tom Healy.

Acclaimed novelist Edwidge Danticat, groundbreaking artist and scholar Frances Negrón-Muntaner, and Curator Culture host Tom Healy engage in a conversation on the connections between art-making and activism, between the lives we live and the worlds we imagine.

Signed copies of Danticat’s just-released book of stories, Everything Inside, will be available for purchase, as well as other books by the three speakers.

Acclaimed novelist Edwidge Danticat

$10 | FREE for members

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.

Please plan to visit the museum prior to the event. The museum will close promptly at the end of the talk. We encourage guests to arrive early, as seating after the start of the talk will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. 

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EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novels-in-stories, The Dew Breaker and Claire of the Sea Light, as well as The Art of Death, a National Books Critics Circle finalist. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United StatesThe Beacon Best of 2000, Haiti Noir, Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written seven  books for  young adults and children, Anacaona Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, Untwine, and My Mommy Mediccine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel and a collection of essays, Create Dangerously. Her memoir , Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a  2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and a 2018 winner of the Neudstadt Prize. Her most recent book is Everything Inside, a collection of stories

FRANCES NEGRÓN-MUNTANER is a filmmaker, writer, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is also the founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive. Among her books and publications are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), The Latino Media Gap (2014), and Sovereign Acts: Contesting Colonialism in Native Nations and Latinx America (2017). Her most recent films include Small City, Big Change (2013), War for Guam (2015) and Life Outside (2016). For her work, Negrón-Muntaner has received Ford, Truman, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships. In 2008, the United Nations’ Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in the areas of mass media and Latin/o American studies; She is also recipient of the Lenfest Award, one of Columbia University’s most prestigious recognitions for excellence in teaching and scholarship (2012) and OZY Educator Award (2017). She recently launched Valor y Cambio, an art, digital storytelling and just economy project in Puerto Rico (

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.

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.

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Sunday, Sep 15, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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