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Saturday, January 9, 2016
11:00 am – noon

Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
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This January 2016, ART PAPERS LIVE continues its partnership with the Birmingham Museum of Art with "What the Body Can Say," an event that brings Atlanta-based artist Bethany Collins and poet Natasha Trethewey to Birmingham, for a conversation moderated by Chicago-based scholar, Ivy Wilson.

Bethany Collins is the inaugural artist in lobby projects, a new initiative by the Birmingham Museum of Art, opening in April 2016, that commissions site-specific works by established and emerging contemporary artists. Collins' multidisciplinary work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues throughout the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, and the Flint Institute of Arts.

Natasha Trethewey is a Pulitzer prize-winning poet who served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States from 2012-2014. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, including her acclaimed Bellocq's Ophelia. She is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

Collins and Trethewey's work were featured together in the November/December 2015 issue of ART PAPERS magazine in "In Version After Version," a pairing of text and image that sought to complicate the role of the word, which can be violent, visual, and intrinsically racialized.

Ivy Wilson is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Northwestern University. He teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture.

This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be served.

This ART PAPERS LIVE is co-presented with the Birmingham Museum of Art.

ART PAPERS LIVE is sponsored in part by One Consulting Group Inc.

ART PAPERS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Atlanta. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Fulton County, GA. Funding and support has also been generously provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Imlay Foundation, and the LUBO Fund.

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