Carpenter Center Conversations
In Conversation: Tony Cokes and Christoph Cox. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
In Conversation: Cauleen Smith and Amber Esseiva. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
In Conversation: Ja'Tovia Gary and Frank B. Wilderson III. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
In Conversation: David Reinfurt and Larissa Harris
In Conversation: Kemi Adeyemi, Jessica Bell Brown, Lauren Haynes, and Jamillah James.Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
In Conversation: Diedrick Brackens and Katherine Bradford. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
When COVID-19 forced us to close our galleries on March 13, 2020, rather than rushing to online programming, we took a pause as the world seemed to both slow down and change drastically almost overnight. On April 9, nearly a month after the early closure of his exhibition, artist Tony Cokes joined philosophy professor and critic Christoph Cox in our first Zoom public program. It was a “meeting” rather than a “webinar.” As such we could scroll through the many screens of attendees from all over the world and were heartened to see both familiar and new faces joining us in the still nascent form of digital community. That public meeting brought attendees from all over the world together in ways we longed for during the beginning of the pandemic and early remote work mandate.
When we realized that we would likely remain closed through the next academic year, we wanted to find a way to hold on to the sense of artist-centered community that our Cokes/Cox program had fostered. We settled on the conversation format—mostly between participants with existing relationships—to bring the warmth, comradery, and the easy yet rigorous exchange that can occur between familiars. Then, we devised a plan to transcribe the audio recordings of these conversations, and work closely with the programs’ participants to edit them into a keepsake illustrated booklet that would be mailed—for free—to anyone who wanted one. Zoom events can feel very ephemeral. Once you close your laptop, they disappear. These booklets, we hope, make these wonderful conversations more tangible, more useful, and even more beautiful in their bright colors and elegant design by Chad Kloepfer.
We have now published our full series of nine booklets, documenting the Carpenter Center’s In Conversation series between April 2020 and April 2021. The series was edited by John Ewing and Laura Preston and coordinated by Sir Porte. While we are no longer able to mail booklets, interested readers can still pick up select remaining copies at our gallery font desk on the third floor of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts.
Videos of each program are on our website, and if you missed receiving copies in the mail, you can still download each booklet as a PDF. See the full list below.
- Dan Byers
John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have issues accessing the PDFs or a question about the series.
Generous support for Carpenter Center programming is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.