Facing History Together: “In Plain Sight/Site” Closing Event

Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Artspace, 50 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
12 – 1:30 pm
Join us for a meal prepared by local chefs and curator Niama Safia Sandy to celebrate the closing of In Plain Sight/Site.  As we gather and eat together, Sandy will tell us about the geographic origins, migration stories, and cultural conditions that have influenced the foods, drinks and recipes, exploring different styles of preparation, flavoring and presentation. Food contributed by Ninth Square Market II Caribbean Style and Amazing Ackee. Many of the dishes served will be inspired by Indigenous and Black Diasporic cuisine developed through centuries of commercial relationships and cross cultural exchange.
Dr. Jessica Spector will also speak about the drinks that will be served. She is a philosopher, historian, and liquor specialist whose work ranges over ethics, history, the sex industry, and the culture of drink. She holds an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and two separate whisky academy certifications. She has a particular interest in areas society deems taboo, and the people whose stories are untold because of that. Currently, she is teaching about alcohol and ethics at Yale University. Her most recent writing is a book on cocktails. She also does educational presentations on spirits and cocktails through http://www.theacademydrinks.com/
1:45 – 2:45 pm
Following the communal meal, the Artist Talk will feature a screening of artist Coleman Collins’s 2-channel video, distancing, determining, (running time 30 minutes), which depicts the fraught futures created by centuries of transatlantic slave trade and the far-reaching power of “the hold”. Theorized by scholar and cultural critic Dr. Christina Sharpe, “the hold” presents “a way to think about how the semiotics of the slave ship, the hold, the weather — continues to position Black people globally in certain kinds of precarity.” Following the screening, Niama and Coleman will engage in a one-on-one conversation breaking down the film in context of the dialogues of In Plain Sight/Site.
3:00 pm 
Performance of Hairpiece/peace by In Plain Sight/Site exhibiting artist James Ari Montford. This performative piece celebrates Indigenous people’s rituals around hair and its connection to the spirit world. It is sacrifice is a form of renewal and serves to create a celebratory blessing for the exhibition.
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door