Join us for a conversation between artist Deborah Roberts and Kanitra Fletcher, Associate Curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic Art, Modern & Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
This conversation is co-presented by the Art Galleries at Black Studies and the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.
Deborah Roberts is a mixed media artist whose work challenges notions of ideal beauty. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the US and Europe, including her first solo museum exhibition in Texas, Deborah Roberts: I'm, on view at The Contemporary Austin. Roberts’ work resides in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Art Galleries at Black Studies, Austin; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. She was selected to participate in the Robert Rauschenberg Residency (2019) and is a recipient of the Anonymous Was A Woman Grant (2018), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2016), and the Ginsburg-Klaus Award Fellowship (2014). She received her MFA from Syracuse University, New York. She lives and works in Austin, Texas. Roberts is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and Vielmetter Los Angeles.
Kanitra Fletcher is the Associate Curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic Art, Modern & Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. as well as Landmarks Public Art Program curator for Landmarks Video. Prior to the National Gallery, she was the Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and has worked on behalf of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has been a curator for numerous national and international exhibitions, including the upcoming Afro-Atlantic Histories at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (October 24, 2021–January 23, 2022), The Fact of Fiction: Four Works by Kara Walker at the Visual Arts Center, and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the MFAH (2020). She earned her PhD and MA in Art History from Cornell University and her MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.