Blindman Draws Lines: A Conversation with Steve Cannon

Image: Steve Cannon, as photographed by Gail Thacker. In Hyperallergic article, “Blindness, Memory, and the Vestiges of Anarchy” by Megan Youngblood. 17 May 2013.

Blindman Draws Lines: A Conversation with Steve Cannon
Tuesday, September 13
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Curatorial Intensive alum and art writer Lydia Y. Nichols will converse with writer and scholar Steve Cannon, founder of A Gathering of the Tribes and a pioneer of the East Village literary and visual art scenes, about the lived experience of visual culture in their shared hometown of New Orleans and in New York City.

Through Cannon’s personal anecdotes and their joint analyses of selected works by artists who have relationships to both places, Cannon and Nichols will examine the ways in which the black body creates meaning as it moves through these two cityscapes, the transmission of that meaning between the two cities through 20th Century migrations, and its impact on contemporary visual culture.


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September 13, 2016

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Lydia Y. Nichols

Lydia Y. Nichols is a native New Orleanian cultural critic and arts administrator. Her work centers the lived experiences of Africans in the Diaspora and prioritizes community accessibility. Lydia’s essays have appeared in Pelican Bomb, Liberator Magazine, Gathering of the Tribes Magazine, and The Killens Review. As co-curator of street art exhibition and Prospect P.3+ site ExhibitBE, Lydia researched and documented the history of the blighted apartment complex in which the work was created to guide the curatorial process, managed community programming and daily operations, and, after the exhibition closed, coordinated the #PaintWhereItAint Tour through which several ExhibitBE artists traveled across the southwest United States to collaborate with artists in other cities on community-centered public art projects. Since, Lydia has created “In/Between Spaces” - a mobile group exhibition series in a 26’ U-Haul that explores Black identity in various spheres of modern life and that travels to predominantly Black neighborhoods in New Orleans to engage those who have been alienated from the world of contemporary fine art. Lydia continues to manage production for artist Brandan “Bmike” Odums, including his first solo exhibition “Ephemeral Eternal” at Studio Be and, in collaboration with Welcome Table New Orleans, the Algiers Oral History and Public Art Intensive through which 24 high school youth are creating a freestanding mural based on interviews they conduct with elders on the evolution of race relations.

Steve Cannon

Steve Cannon is a poet, playwright, novelist, and retired professor from the City University of New York. In 1991, he founded A Gathering of the Tribes, an arts and cultural organization dedicated to excellence in the arts from a diverse perspective. Cannon encouraged the exchange of alternative points of view traditionally overlooked by mainstream media. The ideas raised in the discussions served as inspiration to the writing later published in A Gathering of the Tribes magazine. Steve Cannon has been instrumental in the founding of numerous Lower East Side and East Village cultural institutions, such as the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the Lower East Side Arts Festival, the Howl Festival (of which he is the is Poet Laureate), and the Nuyorican Poets Café.

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