Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art From Saint Louis

Conversations + Closing Reception
July 30, 2020 12pm PT

'I'll Be Your Shadow, You Be My Shade' by Dominic Chambers; 'Black Notes' by De Nichols; 'Half Face Mask' by Katherine Simóne Reynolds

Curator Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Ph.D., introduces a series of dialogues among exhibition artists and scholars writing for the forthcoming Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art From Saint Louis exhibition reader. These conversations will be followed by a virtual reception. 


  • Opening from Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Curator, and Molly Mac, SU Galleries
  • Kemi Adeyemi, University of Washington, in dialogue with Katherine Simóne Reynolds
  • Nijah Noel Cunningham, Hunter College, in dialogue with Damon Davis
  • Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University in St. Louis, in dialogue with Jen Everett
  • Azzurra Cox, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, in dialogue with De Nichols
  • Rikki Byrd, Northwestern University, in dialogue with Dominic Chambers
  • Reception with the audience in conversation with artists and scholars

Virtual Youth Field Trip
August 1, 2020, 10am PT

'Negrophilia 56' by Damon Davis

Geared towards youth aged 10-18 (and open to all including parents, younger children, and community members), this facilitated artistic/educational experience applies lessons from each exhibition artist to foster creativity, imagination, and a commitment to anti-racism.

Suggested materials: paper, a writing utensil (pen, paper, marker), magazine or photos (for collage use), tape or glue stick, scissors, and optional: access to the internet.

A program led by Ashley Marshall, Education Assistant, Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from Saint Louis, and MFA Student in Arts Leadership, Seattle University.

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2 Hour Parking is available on the street and visitor parking is available in Seattle University parking lots.
The Hedreen Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact the Director of Arts Programming, Stefanie Fatooh. Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.