Basic Black

Basic Black


September 17, 2019

5:30 PM-6:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Beinecke Fellow Jared Sexton presents, “Basic Black.”

What would happen, what would be enabled theoretically and practically if we re-imagined and re-envisioned all color and all colors as blackness in the most expansive sense? Thinking about the universe (of color) as black tout court presents the challenge of addressing all difference—in the visual field as much as anything else—as the internal differentiation of blackness, a doubling or redoubling of the richness of (non-)being, precisely because it is derived from, in relation to, and in the name of that which is taken to be anathema to being as such.

Jared Sexton teaches African American studies and film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also affiliated with the PhD Programs in Culture & Theory and Visual Studies. His most recent books are Black Masculinity and the Cinema of Policing and Black Men, Black Feminism: Lucifer's Nocturne. At the Clark, he will be working on a critical survey of black monochrome painting within the broader history of modern abstract art and the place of black artists working with and against such developments. His research has been supported by grants from the National Academies, the Fulbright Program, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.