‘Ring the Alarm’ with Guild Hall

Renee Cox hosts the series "Ring the Alarm." Courtesy Guild Hall.

Guild Hall’s online program “Ring the Alarm” continues Friday, March 5, at 6 p.m. with a Zoom conversation between Renee Cox and Shinique Smith. The series began in 2020 and is inspired by a forthcoming Guild Hall exhibition of Black artists that Renee Cox, a new member of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts, will co-curate in summer of 2023. Previous conversations focused on empowerment, the Black experience, and issues of contemporary life.

“I am very touched and honored to be part of the Guild Hall Academy. I look forward to a great year of conversations on ‘Ring the Alarm,’ exposing the museum to a wider and more diverse audience,” said Cox.

Artist Shinique Smith takes part in “Ring the Alarm” at Guild Hall on March 5.

Smith is a Los Angeles-based painter and sculptor known for her monumental abstractions of calligraphy, textiles, and collages. Smith’s personal histories and belongings intertwine with thoughts of the vast nature of “things” that we consume and discard and how objects resonate on an intimate and social scale.

“Guild Hall is very excited to present this first installment of ‘Ring the Alarm’ for 2021. We believe now more than ever that the need for open dialogue on art, race and politics is timely and something that we as a community at large need to engage in more,” noted Guild Hall’s museum director and chief curator Christina Strassfield.

This program is free and participants can register at guildhall.org.