A Discussion on Women and Migration

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An image from the cover of the book “Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History” (edited by Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano, and Kalia Brooks Nelson).

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Parrish Art Museum will present a live-stream discussion on women artists and their profound and turbulent experiences of migration through the lenses of politics, war, love and family, on Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m.

Grace Aneiza Ali, Kathy Engel, and Ellyn Toscano will each present their work from the book “Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History” (edited by Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano, and Kalia Brooks Nelson), followed by a conversation moderated by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. The public is invited to join the talk, part of the museum’s “Friday Nights Live!” series. Log in information is at parrishart.org. The program is part of the annual THAW fest sponsored by the Hamptons Arts Network (HAN).

“Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History” is a collection of essays that charts how women’s experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art, and film, covering the Caribbean Diaspora, refugees, and slavery. The contributors, which include academics and artists, offer both personal and critical points of view on the artistic and historical sources of these experiences.

“I’m delighted to invite such an illustrious group of women writers to talk about the reasons why people are compelled to leave their homes and how women artists’ practices have been shaped by these experiences.” said Erni.

Ali is an independent curator and a faculty member in the Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Her research and teaching practice centers on curatorial activism, socially engaged art practices, global contemporary art, and art of the Caribbean Diaspora. She was born in Guyana and lives in New York City.

Engel is Associate Arts Professor of the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Between 1980 and 2008, she co-founded and worked as an organizer, director, cultural worker, producer, communications and strategic consultant for numerous social justice projects and organizations, locally, nationally, and internationally. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies and her latest book of poems, “The Lost Brother Alphabet” was published by Get Fresh Books, March 2020.

Toscano is Senior Director of Programing, Partnerships and Community Engagement, New York University in Brooklyn and former Executive Director of New York University Florence, Italy. She is the founder of La Pietra Dialogues and the founding producer of The Season, a summer arts festival in Florence.

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