Past Event

Entangled Spirits: A Conversation Series on the Arts, Religion & Politics

February 6, 2019
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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The Forum, 605 W. 125th St. (at Broadway), New York, NY 10027

Free and open to the public

First come, first seated

The inaugural event in this series features a dialogue between visual artist Mickalene Thomas and writer and activist Darnell Moore, moderated by Kellie Jones, Art History and Archaeology & IRAAS Faculty Fellow. Organized by Josef Sorett, Religion. And African-America & African Diaspora Studies

Mickalene Thomas (lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) makes paintings, collages, photography, video, and installations that draw on art history and popular culture to create a contemporary vision of female sexuality, beauty, and power. Blurring the distinction between object and subject, concrete and abstract, real and imaginary, Thomas constructs complex portraits, landscapes, and interiors in order to examine how identity, gender, and sense-of-self are informed by the ways women (and “feminine” spaces) are represented in art and popular culture.

Darnell L. Moore is Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform) and formerly a senior editor and correspondent at Mic.  He is co-managing editor at The Feminist Wire and an editor of The Feminist Wire Books (a series of University of Arizona Press). He is also a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University.  Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives.

Dr. Kellie Jones is Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.

Registration will close on February 4, 2019.


  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Institute for Research in African-American Studies
  • Center on African-American Religion Sexual Politics and Social Justice
  • Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
  • School of the Arts

Contact Information

Shawn Mendoza
(212) 854-8789