Gibbes: Distinguished Lecture Series November 1

The Gibbes Museum of Art announces Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis as the keynote speaker of the museum’s 2023 Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS). The Series’ first art historian, Dr. Lewis is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Distinguished Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 6:00 pm
College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Sottile Theatre website by clicking here.

In 2016, Lewis co-edited the groundbreaking Vision & Justice issue of photography magazine Aperture, which focused on reexamining historical narratives around photography. In 2019, Harvard University hosted the Vision & Justice Conference, which saw thought leaders including filmmaker Ava DuVernay, renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems among many others gathering to consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

Before joining the faculty at Harvard, Lewis held curatorial positions at MOMA, Tate Modern, and served as a critic at Yale University School of Art. Her work, promoting visual literacy, has been profiled in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Boston Globe.

Lewis joins a list of prestigious speakers, including contemporary artist Fred Wilson, New York Magazine Art Critic Jerry Saltz, and artist and architect Maya Lin, in discussing her award-winning research on the intersection of visual literacy, racial justice and democracy in the United States from the 19th century through the present.

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-Submitted by Gibbes Museum

(Image credit: Gibbes Museum)