Tschabalala Self in Conversation

Discussion with Tschabalala Self + Kemi Adeyemi

Friday, April 26, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Please note the new program date; originally scheduled for Thursday, April 4, this program will now occur on Friday, April 26.

Artist Tschabalala Self is joined in conversation by scholar Kemi Adeyemi in discussion of the current exhibition Tschabalala Self.

The Museum Store will present a pop-up shop outside the auditorium from 6:30–7 pm featuring selected items related to the exhibition, including the 2017 monograph Tschabalala Self, as well as prints and notecards, available for purchase.

About the Presenters

Tschabalala Self lives and works in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. She received her BA from Bard College in 2012 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018); Bodega Run, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Sour Patch, Thierry Goldberg, Miami (2017); Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); and Tschabalala Self, Tramway, Glasgow (2017).

Kemi Adeyemi is Assistant Professor of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is currently writing her book, Making New Grounds: Black Queer Women’s Geographies of Neoliberalism, which explores the sonic, affective, and embodied methods black queer women have for taking pleasure in the neoliberal city, and she is in the process of co-editing Queer Nightlife, a collection that documents the diverse expressions of queer nightlife worldwide. Her recent publications span academic and arts audiences, and include “Donald Trump is the Perfect Man for the Job” in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking; exhibition catalog essays for black is a color (Los Angeles), Impractical Weaving Suggestions (Madison) and Endless Flight (Chicago); as well as various interviews with, and writings on artists such as sidony o’neal, Brendan Fernandes, Adee Roberson, and taisha paggett. Adeyemi is Director of The Black Embodiments Studio, a graduate writing residency dedicated to developing arts criticism that queries how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through visual, aural, and affective realms—engaging three domains that underwrite the physical and metaphysical dimensions of inhabiting black skin.

Tschabalala Self. Spare Moment, 2015. Oil, pigment, and fabric on canvas. 64 x 42 in. Courtesy of the artist and Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York.


Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets will be available at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium.

  • Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
  • Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
  • All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.