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Juliana Huxtable Live in Performance

The University of Michigan School of Social Work is pleased to present Juliana Huxtable live in performance at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for the 2018 Martin Luther King Symposium. Huxtable is a NYC-based artist, DJ and poet whose work probes the perception and presentation of identity, history and online communities.  Her performance marks Michigan Social Work’s first commissioned artist in over 20 years, as a part of the Social Justice Art Collection.

Huxtable will present a new iteration of her performance work highlighting her compelling use of language, and collaborations in music, projection, and lighting design.  Featuring instrumental performances by her frequent collaborators, the pianist, percussionist, and composer Joe Heffernan, Detroit-based harpist Ahya Simone with lighting design by Michael Potvin. Through Huxtable’s explorations, one may contemplate the power and powerlessness of the body as well as its dispossession in relation to technology, violence, and blackness.

In conjunction with SW713 :  Art and Design for Social Work, Social Justice and Community Change Instructed by Professor Larry Gant.


Doors at 4:30 PM

5 PM Performance

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre


Related Projects

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today

Huxtable’s work is also included in the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s presentation of Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the exhibition examines the radical impact of internet culture on visual art since the invention of the web in 1989. This exhibition presents more than forty works across a variety of media—painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects. It features work by some of the most important artists working today, including Judith Barry, Juliana Huxtable, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Seth Price, Cindy Sherman, Frances Stark, and Martine Syms.

December 15, 2018, to April 7, 2019

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

Huxtable will also give a Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture.

February 7, 2018,  5:15 PM

Michigan Theater


Major funding was provided by The Faculty Alliance for Diversity at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Michigan Social Work gratefully acknowledges for their support, The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Institute for Research on Woman and
Gender, and The Spectrum Center.

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