Brooklyn Talks: Legacies of the Great Migration with Akea Brionne, Leslie Hewitt, and Robert Pruitt


May 18, 2023    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets are $16 and include after-hours admission to A Movement in Every Direction. Member tickets are $14. Not a Member? Join today! Add a copy of the exhibition catalogue at checkout.

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Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Explore the practices of three artists featured in A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration in this conversation with Akea Brionne, Leslie Hewitt, Robert Pruitt, and exhibition curator Kimberli Gant. Akea Brionne is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist who explores postcolonial Creole identity through photography and textile-based work. Hewitt revisits the still-life genre through minimalist assemblages of ordinary materials, which suggest the porosity between personal and sociopolitical histories. Pruitt often weaves spirituality and symbolism into large-scale figurative portraits to evoke a diverse and radical Black past, present, and future. Using the Great Migration as their starting point, Akea Brionne, Hewitt, and Pruitt created new works for the exhibition that consider the profound impact of this movement of millions of Black Americans across the South and the country.

Masks are required in the Auditorium and will be available upon arrival.

Image caption and credit: Akea Brionne (born New Orleans, Louisiana, 1996; based in Detroit, Michigan). Porch Sittin’, from the series An Ode to (You)’all, 2022. Jacquard tapestry, Poly-Fil, rhinestones, 40 × 27 in. (101.6 × 68.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist