TK Smith + Re’al Christian in Conversation

Join us on the @artpapers Instagram for a live conversation between Spring 2020 “Art of The New Civil Rights Era” contributors TK Smith and Re’al Christian. 

Thursday, June 18
1:30 PM EST
Instagram LIVE

Smith and Christian will discuss their contributions to the current issue, representations of the Black body in protest, and the optics of Civil Rights Advocacy today. They’ll also weigh in on how art institutions can/should adapt in response to racial injustice and current protests. 

This conversation is the first in a new series of virtual talks with ART PAPERS contributors to expand the discourse around our themes and promote dialogue between writers with overlapping interests/knowledge.

For those who cannot join us live, this conversation will be available to view afterwards on Instagram TV.




Re’al Christian is a writer and art historian based in New York City. Her text in ART PAPERS Spring 2020, The Moment is Not Sufficient examines the significance of Black art exhibitions in historical and contemporary discourse. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Art in Print, BOMB, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is an MA candidate in Art History at Hunter College, and a curatorial fellow at the Hunter College Art Galleries. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History and Media Studies at New York University.

TK Smith is a writer, critic, and curator based in Philadelphia. For ART PAPERS Spring 2020, he contributed an impassioned and deeply personal take on the problematics and potentials for representation of the Black people in Toward a Monumental Black Body. He is currently a Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. In Fall 2020, he will begin a PhD program in the American Civilization Program at the University of Delaware. 

TK Smith portrait photographer: Izaiah Johnson.