Candice Lin, C. Riley Snorton, and Hentyle Yapp

  • Cover of the book 'Saturation,' edited by C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp

    Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value. Courtesy of MIT Press.

  • Headshot of Candice Lin

    Candice Lin. Courtesy of the speaker. 

  • Headshot of C. Riley Snorton

    C. Riley Snorton. Courtesy of the speaker. 

  • Headshot of Hentyle Yapp

    Hentyle Yapp. Courtesy of the speaker.


  1. Mar 25, 2021, 7:30 – 9 pm
Join us on Zoom


Join us at 7:30 pm EST for a conversation with C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp, editors of Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press/New Museum, 2020), and Candice Lin, artist and book contributor.

Controversies involving race and the art world are often discussed in terms of diversity and representation—as if having the right representative from a group or a larger plurality of embodied difference would absolve art institutions from historic forms of exclusion. Saturation offers another approach, taking into account not only questions of racial representation but also issues of structural change and the redistribution of resources. In essays, conversations, discussions, and artist portfolios, contributors confront in new ways questions at the intersection of art, race, and representation.

Snorton and Yapp will discuss Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value with Lin, whose solo exhibition will open at the Carpenter Center in the spring of 2022.

Please note this virtual event requires pre-registration. Please contact with any questions ahead of the event.


For each of its virtual conversations, the Carpenter Center will publish a limited-edition booklet with an edited transcript of the exchange, images, and biographical material. These booklets will be made available for free both as digital downloads and in hard copy upon request. In this time of online gathering, this publication series is meant to serve as a material record of Carpenter Center programming and an art historical resource for future scholars and artists.

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Candice Lin

Candice Lin is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. She addresses themes of race, gender, and sexuality in relationship to material histories of colonialism, slavery, and diaspora. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at the Pitzer Galleries, Claremont, CA; Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; Ludlow 38, New York; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; Portikus, Frankfurt; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Gasworks, London; as well as group exhibitions and biennials at the ICA, London (2019); Para Site, Hong Kong (2019); Beirut Art Center (2019); the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); the New Museum, New York (2017); and SculptureCenter, New York (2017). She is the recipient of several residencies, grants, and fellowships, including a Painters & Writers Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2019), the Davidoff Art Residency (2018), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), a Delfina Foundation residency (2014), a Fine Arts Work Center residency (2012), and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is Assistant Professor of Art at UCLA and lives and works in Los Angeles.

C. Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton, Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, is jointly appointed in the department and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies. Snorton is a cultural theorist who focuses on racial, sexual and transgender histories and cultural productions. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), winner of the John Boswell Prize from the American Historical Association, the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association, the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and an honorable mention from the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award Committee. Snorton is also the co-editor of Saturation: Race, Art and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press/New Museum, 2020).

Hentyle Yapp

Hentyle Yapp is an Assistant Professor at New York University in the Department of Art and Public Policy and affiliated faculty with the Departments of Performance Studies and Comparative Literature, Center for Disability Studies, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute. He is the author of Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and the Aesthetic (Duke University Press, 2021). He is also co-editor of Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press/New Museum, 2020). His essays have appeared in American Quarterly, GLQ, Verge, Women and Performance, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Journal of Visual Culture, amongst other venues. Yapp is also a former professional dancer for companies in Taipei and New York City.

Generous support for Carpenter Center programing is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.