Neddy Annual Lecture: Notes on Failure
Lecture with Tameka Jenean Norris
Friday, April 10, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Notes on Failure is a multi-media performance about artist Tameka Jenean Norris’ experience in arts education, from community college to ivy-league university, as a first-generation college student. It is the story of the evolution of her creative practice in the industries of art, academia, and music, as well as in the cities of post-Katrina New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Norris has created characters and used performance to navigate in these industries, in which she has found “similar results—similar, disappointing, and profound.” Her best known character, Meka Jean, is an exploration of what it means to “get good,” in shifting terrain, and sometimes taking failure and turning it over into something new, generative, and inspiring.
With herself as her subject, Norris uses painting, video, photography, music, performance, and installation to explore the internal drives and external influences that shape identity. In her work, as in life, Norris constantly re-invents herself, claiming: “Just as the city of New Orleans and places on the Gulf Coast struggle with progress and change, so do I as a person.”
Arrive at 6 pm for a catered reception prior to the lecture.