Huey Copeland is director of graduate studies and an associate professor of art history at Northwestern; he also maintains positions as a sometimes-curator and a frequent contributor to some silly rumor rags like Artforum and other publications. He has a Ph.D from Berkeley, and his academic work focuses on the African-American experience and gender, especially in modern and contemporary art. His forthcoming book, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, focuses on the work of black artists like Glenn Liigon and Lorna Simpson to explore the influence of slavery on twentieth-century art.
Jayson Musson is best known for his YouTube videos in which he lectures as Henessy Youngman on various “Art Thoughtz” including post-structuralism (“THE CLEAN VERSION”), Damien Hirst, “How to Be a Successful Black Artist,” and, my personal favorite, “How To Make An Art.” He also leveled up in realness when he started rubbing elbows with New Museum director Massimo Gioni and provocative mega-artist Maurizio Cattelan (best known recently for his hanging Guggenheim retrospective last fall) at their tiny new not-for-profit Chelsea gallery space, Family Business. The show he curated there in the spring, Itsa small, small world, invited all and sundry to bring their one piece per person to the gallery to be shown. He’s also represented by Salon 94 in New York, where this summer he had his first solo exhibition in the city: Halcyon Days, a selection of Cosby sweater-inspired paintings.
Musson’s art practice is wide-ranging, but he is clearly concerned with relational aesthetics, especially as that idea applies to race. He functions both as artist and critic, which is something of a rarity these days. So put your Miranda hat on and come for the conversation between Musson and Copeland, at Gallatin’s Jerry H. Lebowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts tonight from 6:30 to 9:00 (and don’t forget to RSVP!).