Colored People Time: Conversation with Meg Onli and Saidiya Hartman

22 Feb 2019
Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Matthew Angelo Harrison, "Bodily Study of Unthinking Groups," 2016, skull and clay, 41 1/4 x 9 1/5 x 9 1/5 inches. Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

In conjunction with its Center-supported project, Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, and Banal Presents, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents ICA curator Meg Onli and professor Saidiya Hartman in dialogue at the Penn Book Center. In a conversation on professor Hartman’s work—which examines the revolution of black intimacy in Philadelphia and New York in the early 20th century and the experiences of young, black, urban women—Onli and Hartman will discuss those themes in relation to the black histories and futures that comprise the core of the ICA’s exhibition.

Over the course of the year, ICA is staging three exhibitions, allowing the artists and Meg Onli to build and respond to one another’s ideas over time. Mundane Futures is on view from February 1 through March 31, followed by Quotidian Pasts from April 26 through August 11, and Banal Presents from September 13 through December 22.