Activist, rapper and filmmaker Boots Riley is appearing at Johns Hopkins University tonight to talk about his career as part of the college’s Foreign Affairs Symposium.
Can’t make it?
Well, you’re in luck, because Riley will be back in town on April 24 for a discussion at the Baltimore Museum of Art with artist Mickalene Thomas.
Both will discuss “how ongoing systemic injustices inspire and influence their work, as well as the broader role of the arts in spurring dialogue, understanding, and, ultimately, change” in a conversation moderated by museum director Christopher Bedford, the BMA announced today.
Riley you probably recognize for the 2018 film “Sorry to Bother You,” a dystopian satire about corporate greed set in the artist’s hometown of Oakland.
The work of Thomas, an acclaimed painter based in Brooklyn, can be seen at museums across the country, including here at the BMA, which counts two pieces of hers in its collection. She was also commissioned by the BMA in 2018 to create the inaugural work of the Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Biennial Commission. The museum said today the large-scale, site-specific installation will be set up in the East Lobby this fall.
The April 24 event runs from 6-10 p.m. and allows attendees to view the exhibits “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s” and “Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / Delights of an Undirected Mind.” Following the discussion at 7 p.m., participants can get drinks from Gertrude’s and light fare from Blacksauce Kitchen.
Topping it all off, local rapper Al Rogers Jr. will perform.
The event is first-come, first-seated and free and open to the public.
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