In celebration of Black History Month and anticipation of Pérez Art Museum Miami's Seventh Annual Art + Soul, celebrating the Fund for African American Art, join us for a special conversation between writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew and visual artist, educator, mother, and activist Loni Johnson. Drew and Johnson will discuss Drew’s work in developing the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, her forthcoming book "Black Futures," and her role in various spaces and institutions, including The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Met. This conversation will highlight PAMM's year-round work and dedication to diversifying and enriching the museum's permanent collection through the acquisition of contemporary art by African American and African diaspora artists.
Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received a B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. Drew first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director's Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew's writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, W, Teen Vogue, and Lenny Letter and she has executed Instagram takeovers for Prada, The White House, and Instagram. Drew recently left her role as the social media manager at The Met. Her upcoming book, "Black Futures," which she is co-editing with Jenna Wortham is due in 2020. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.
Loni Johnson is a visual artist, educator, mother, and activist that believes artists have a cyclical obligation to give back and nurture the community with their creative gifts. The Miami native graduated from the New World School of the Arts in 1998 and continued her visual arts studies at SUNY Purchase College in New York, where she received her B.F.A. in 2003. Her artistic journey came full circle when Johnson became an adjunct professor in the visual arts department at New World, where she remained until 2012. In 2012, she became the Prevention Coordinator of The A-List Company - a youth arts peer education program funded through Florida’s Department of Children and Families. Johnson is also the visual arts discipline coordinator for YoungArts and has been with the organization since 2010.
Johnson’s repertoire includes work showcased at Art Africa (2011), PRIZM Art Fair (2013 & 2014) and Yeelen Gallery (2015) during Miami Art Week, as well as artist features at the 5th Annual Spoken Soul Festival (2012) and FLIC FEST at The Irondale Theatre, Brooklyn (2016).
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