Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Art Lecture Series

Spring 2018

Dominique Duroseau: Experience Without Disdain

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4 p.m.
Marple Campus | Large Auditorium
Reception to follow in the Art Gallery (Rm. 2305)

Experience Without Disdain considers how fear of black bodies shapes their representation within contemporary visual culture. Employing photographic portraiture as a system of documentation, Duroseau examines how American culture categorizes certain skin tones as more dangerous, and subsequently more suspicious, less hirable, and more likely to encounter harassment. Displayed alongside Duroseau’s works of sculpture, graphic design, texts, and animations, this material constructs a narrative in which Black subjects reclaim agency typically denied to them. Duroseau is especially concerned with questions of language, mannerisms, social issues, and injustice, themes that link the exhibition to College's 2017-18 College-Wide Reading book, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson's memoir explores the brokenness of the criminal justice system through the author's first-hand account of defending vulnerable death-row inmates in Alabama. Experience Without Disdain creates new dialogues around these issues through Duroseau's multilayered references to both historical and contemporary representations of black bodies.

Dominique Duroseau is a Newark-based artist born in Chicago, raised in Haiti. Her interdisciplinary practice explores themes of racism, socio-cultural issues, and existential dehumanization. Her exhibitions, performances, and screenings include SATELLITE ART and PULSE Play in Miami; The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, A.I.R. Gallery, BronxArtSpace, Rush Arts Gallery and Smack Mellon in New York City; Index Arts, Project for Empty Space, and Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. She is currently a fellow at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and has received artist residencies from Gallery Aferro and Index Art Center. Duroseau holds an Associate Degree in Architecture from Essex County Community College, a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the New Jersey School of Architecture, and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts from Kean University.

Artist’s Website: www.dominiqueduroseau.com.

Isaac Scott, Artist Talk

Wednesday, April 11, 4-5 p.m.
Marple Campus | Small Auditorium
Reception to follow in the Art Gallery (Rm. 2305)

Isaac Scott is a formerly incarcerated artist and activist. As the Program Director for The Confined Arts, he is a leader in promoting justice reform and prison abolition through the transformative power of the arts. Since returning to society, he’s combined fine art and graphic design with his passion for the arts to accomplish goals that could not have been achieved without such a socially valued means of expression. Isaac’s passion for equal human rights runs deep as a result of being directly affected by the criminal justice system and its disenfranchising nature.
Scott's mixed-media exhibition From the Inside Out: Changing Perceptions will be on view for the month of April on the College's Marple and Downingtown campuses. The exhibition was created to visually articulate some of the thoughts, feelings, and hardships of people doing time. This includes abuses and harsh treatment people in prison suffer from prison administration. This is imperative because mainstream media does not attribute basic human qualities like emotion, empathy, and self-control to people in prison. Instead they are portrayed as cold, impetuous and barbaric. Using stigmatized and stereotypical depictions of prison life inside fictional media denies the formerly incarcerated person the opportunity to be perceived by society through humane lenses when they are released from prison in real life. The headline artworks of this exhibition are (15) 16" x 20" canvases entitled "Rikers Island The Good the Bad and the Ugly." The content of these pieces was compiled from several discussions that Isaac Scott had with people who self-identified as current and former correctional officers.

For more information about the artist and The Confined Arts, visit isaacsquarterly.com

Amy E. Herman: “Visual Intelligence and Just Mercy”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 9:35 a.m.
Marple Campus | Large Auditorium

This talk relates the concepts and strategies of Herman’s best-selling Visual Intelligence to the 2017-18 College-wide Reading text, Just Mercy. Amy E. Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., a New York-based organization that conducts professional development courses to leaders around the world including at the FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, and the Peace Corps. Herman was also the Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET, the educational public television station serving New York and New Jersey, and the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over ten years, where she oversaw all of the Collection's educational collaborations and community initiatives.