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Tomorrow Talks: Wayne Hodge and Brandon Vickerd
September 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
As part of the exhibition Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow, the Roswell Museum is hosting a series of talks with some artists participating in the show. These “Tomorrow Talks” will focus on the artists’ works in the exhibition as well as overarching themes.
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Aaron Wilder, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Roswell Museum, will moderate a discussion with artists Wayne Hodge and Brandon Vickerd.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, artist Wayne Hodge’s practice fuses together components from diverse mediums, including collage, performance, and photography. Having received an MFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey, he has exhibited his work across the US as well as in Germany, Brazil, and China. Included in the influential exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Hodge’s work explores the intersections of fantasies of race and desire, history, and media. He employs imagery from historical documents, popular media, and the field of science fiction.
Canadian artist Brandon Vickerd is Professor of Visual Arts at York University and has exhibited his work all around the world. Vickerd’s practice takes on various forms, including performance, sculpture, and site-specific installation. As the artist explains, “my work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement.” Prevalent across his practice is an acknowledgment and questioning of a social nostalgia for yesterday’s unsustainable dream of limitless progress. Wrestling with the consequences of that today, Vickerd’s works combine components of past and present, prompting us to consider what strange and frightening futures we may encounter tomorrow.