Editor’s Note: This event is part of the 2021/22 Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, following three posts by the Fellow, the third of which is an email-only exhibition sent to all Hyperallergic subscribers on February 13.
On Tuesday, February 15, at 7pm (EST), join us for a special event with Frederica Simmons as she discusses the work of Bessie Harvey (1929–94), a self-taught artist from the Black American South who created mixed-media assemblages from materials located in the woods surrounding her home.
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The conversation will critically investigate Harvey’s rich portfolio of work, a selection of which will be featured in Simmons’s upcoming Hyperallergic email exhibition on Sunday, February 13. The ensuing event will focus on how the artist, as a Black woman in the United States, infused her work with complex ideas about humanity, racism, and religion while maintaining her contemporary identity; and the necessity of conscious curation for uplifting Black narratives.
Frederica Simmons is a Black emerging curator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born and raised in the Southside of the city, Frederica has contributed to the preservation of ephemeral street art and associated memory through advocacy and praxis in the wake of the murder of George Floyd mere blocks from her family home. A member of the Urban Art Mapping Project since 2020, she has contributed to the project’s George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art database, which seeks to document street art from around the world created in the aftermath of Floyd’s murder. She has been the Curatorial Department Assistant for the Department of European Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2019.
Catch up with Simmons’s work before the event — check out her Hyperallergic articles below and subscribe to our newsletters to receive her email exhibition on Sunday, February 13:
- A New Standard for Uplifting Black Narratives Through Conscious Curation
- The Gift of Humanity in Bessie Harvey’s Art, an Interview With Faye Harvey Dean
Witnessing & Curating the Art of Bessie Harvey: A Conversation With Frederica Simmons, Curator, Scholar, and Museum Worker will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, February 15, at 7pm (EST).
This virtual conversation is free; registration is required to attend.