Event description

We the People in Black, White and Gray

The Tannery Series returns to PEM/PM to explore the centrality of African-American art—and artfulness—to the American identity.

Join us for an electric evening of music, words and images as we celebrate PEM’s latest exhibit, “In Conversation: Modern African American Art.” Two unforgettable writers will innovate and improvise in a conversation about the power (both visible and invisible) of race and privilege in 21st Century America.

On the program:

Jerald Walker (Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Redemption), winner of the 2011 PEN/New England award, transports us from the south side of Chicago to the white halls of academe in a riotous quest for self-discovery.

Tisa Bryant (Unexplained Presence) experiments with criticism, poetry and the essay, peering into the storage rooms of museums, cataloging the way blackness persists in Western culture as curio, temptation and nightmare.

Also on the program: Groove to the genre-defying, multi-instrumental soul sounds of musical phenomenon Diggs Duke.

Food, music, community and fun as we team up again with the wonderful folks at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Come hear the American dream played out on the horn, the canvas and the page.

For more information email: info@tanneryseries.com.