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A Symposium on the Art of Myrlande Constant

May 12, 2023 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM



This free one-day symposium accompanies the Fowler exhibition
Myrlande Constant: The Work of Radiance, the first major exhibition of a contemporary Haitian female artist. With the goal of bringing breadth and depth to Constant’s oeuvre and recognizing her impact on contemporary art, each speaker will focus on a single textile in the exhibition, highlighting such themes as race and representation, political resistance, labor, gender, and aesthetics.

The symposium is led by exhibition co-curators Jerry Philogene, associate professor of American studies at Dickinson College, PA, and Katherine Smith, Fowler curatorial and research associate of Haitian arts. Speakers will include Tiffany E. Barber, assistant professor of art history at UCLA; Myriam Chancy, Haitian-Canadian/American writer, Guggenheim fellow, and chair of the humanities at Scripps College; Kyrah Malika Daniels, assistant professor of African American studies at Emory University; Elizabeth DeLoughrey, professor of English with an appointment in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA; Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, activist and assistant professor of global and international studies at UC Irvine; Patrick A. Polk, senior curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts at the Fowler Museum; and ad Gina Athena Ulysse, professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Cruz. The schedule will allow ample time to view and discuss works in the galleries.



Deutsch Seminar Room: 1st Floor
9am   Coffee and gathering
9:30am   Opening remarks

Morning Session
moderated by exhibition co-curator Jerry Philogene
Getty Gallery: 1st Floor
10am   Myriam J.A. Chancy
10:30am   Gina Athena Ulysse
11am   Patrick A. Polk
20-minute Q&A
11:50am   Remarks by Silvia Forni, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director of the Fowler

Lunch 12 – 1:30 pm
Nearby dining options here and here*

Afternoon Session
moderated by exhibition co-curator Katherine Smith
Deutsch Seminar Room: 1st Floor
2pm   Kyrah Malika Daniels
Getty Gallery: 1st Floor
2:30pm   Tiffany E. Barber
3pm   Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper
3:30pm   Elizabeth DeLoughrey
20-minute Q&A
4:30pm Final remarks


Dining recs are within a 10-min walk from the Fowler. Click here and scroll to the “Central Campus” category for fast casual options in the student center. Click here for a quieter upscale dining option. Both have indoor + outdoor seating.

:  UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd; $3/hr or max $15/day. Rideshare drop-off at 305 Royce Dr.

Image credit: Myrlande Constant, Rasanbleman Soupe Tout Eskòt Yo (All the escort gathering for supper), 2019; fabric, beads, and sequins; Collection of Alan Faena; Courtesy of Alan Faena; photography and image © by Oriol Tarridas Photography, 2021

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