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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 14th

Sep 13, 2017

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First hour: Exploring the power of the moving image

Second hour: Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founder of African Ancestry

The Memorial Art Gallery is exploring new ways to create provocative portraits of subjects, and in its current exhibition, it’s using video. The MAG is partnering with renowned video artist Charles Atlas on a video installation called  “Here she is...v1,” featuring iconic drag performer Lady Bunny. We’ll discuss the exhibit and talk about the impact of the moving image. Our guests:

  • Charles Atlas, film and video artist
  • Jonathan Binstock, director of the Memorial Art Gallery
  • John Hanhardt, consulting senior curator of media arts at the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Douglas Crimp, professor of art history at the University of Rochester

Then in our second hour, we’re joined by Dr. Rick Kittles. He’s the co-founder of African-Ancestry, the largest African lineage DNA database in the world. His work has been used to track the ancestry of people featured on PBS’ “Finding Your Roots.” He’s in Rochester as a guest of the Jordan Health Foundation, but first, he joins us on Connections to discuss his work.