Inaugural Auburn Forum for Southern Art and Culture features Walter Hood

On February 3, 2024, the inaugural Auburn Forum for Southern Art and Culture features landscape artist and painter Walter Hood with acclaimed artists and scholars at Auburn University’s half-day symposium. Taking place at The Jule Museum, the Forum features an exceptional lineup of speakers, including exhibiting artists Bethany Collins, Lonnie Holley, and Elizabeth M. Webb, alongside the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo. Northwestern University’s Janet Dees and Stanford University’s Aleesa Pitcharman Alexander, PhD, are also on the panel.

Presenters will pair up for one-on-one conversations, delving into themes of memory, place and agency explored in current exhibitions at the museum.

Established in honor of the museum’s 20th birthday, “The Auburn Forum for Southern Art and Culture” aspires to become an annual tradition, attracting leading scholars, artists and the public to engage in critical dialogues about the South’s rich and multifaceted artistic landscape.

The program is free for Auburn students, faculty and staff; general public can get a ticket HERE, and it will be live streamed to The Jule Museum Youtube channel.

Featured speakers

  • Aleesa Pitchman Alexander, Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
  • Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
  • Joy Harjo, 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States
  • Lonnie Holley, Exhibiting Artist
  • Walter Hood, Exhibiting Artist, Creative Director Hood Design Studio

Exhibition Details

The Auburn Forum for Southern Art and Culture pairs with the opening of an exhibition, “Arc of Life,” featuring oil paintings by MacArthur Fellow Walter Hood. The artist recalls growing up in a then-segregated Charlotte, North Carolina before living abroad and pursuing his education and career in an integrated world.

Inspired by the Henry Dumas short story of the same name, the site-specific installation “Ark of Bones” represents ancestral connections to Black Americans.

About Walter Hood

Walter Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally.

He is a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the 2021 recipient of the Architectural League’s President’s Medal award.

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