The Black Presidential Imaginary

Image: Aureola (Black Presidents), Zachary Fabri. Black Presidential Library, Hyde Park Art Center (Photo Credit: Sara Pooley)

The Black Presidential Imaginary
Presented by Ross Stanton Jordan
Thursday, April 26, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Curator Ross Stanton Jordan is a recipient of a 2018 ICI/Joyce Foundation Research Fellowship and a Curatorial Intensive alumnus (New Orleans ’16). He is an independent curator interested in the confluence of politics, visual culture, and artistic production, and is currently based in Chicago.

For this Hub talk, Jordan will speak about his Black Presidential Imaginary project. In 2017, he curated The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary at the Hyde Park Art Center, an exhibition featuring an archive of representations of black presidents in American visual culture from 1930 to 2015 and eight contemporary artists addressing issues of policy, representation, and identity using strategies of archive, display and bureaucracy.

Using the Joyce Foundation fellowship, Jordan is now expanding and archiving this project through The Black Presidential Imaginary Publication. The publication is meant to support the consolidation of research and further expound on the black presidential imaginary through writing from art historians, archivists, and historians.


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with ROSS in the subject line.


This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with 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.

April 26, 2018

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


Ross Jordan

Ross Jordan is Curatorial Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, IL. He is a curator interested in the confluence of American politics, visual culture, and artistic production. Since coming to Chicago in 2010, first as a graduate student and then as a full-time staff member of SAIC’s Department of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies, Ross expanded curricular exhibitions on the campus and transformed graduate and undergraduate led exhibitions and programs into research driven and collaborative experiences. Ross also made himself a vital presence in Chicago’s art community curating six independent exhibitions over the last five years in several of Chicago’s tenacious arts venues. Previously, Ross was a 12-month intern in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art where he was a contributor to the museum’s blog Inside/Out and provided research support for exhibitions including Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense (2010), Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art (2011) and Abstract Expressionist New York (2011). Ross is the recipient of the Studio Art Fellowship, Trinity College; the Graduate Curatorial Fellowship, SAIC; a 2015 ACRE Curatorial Fellowship; and was a 2014/15 inaugural curator-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts from Connecticut College and dual Masters Degrees in Art History and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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