Accelerator Series: Whiteness and ‘Default Culture'

Willie Cole, To get to the other side (detail), 2001, Tang Teaching Museum collection

Join us for the inaugural event in the Tang Teaching Museum’s Accelerator Series on Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 pm, Whiteness and “Default Culture.” The focus of the evening’s discussion will be an exploration of race in America through the lens of a majority perspective about what it means to be white and the concept of a “default culture” in a multicultural society.

The panelists for this Accelerator talk will be Dr. Treva B. Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University; Matthew Cooke, filmmaker and editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil (2006); and Dara Silverman, founding director of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. The discussion will be moderated by the Tang’s Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier.

As part of the Accelerator Series, a work of art from the Tang’s collection will be on view as a catalyst for conversation. Four lawn jockeys from Willie Cole’s To Get to the Other Side, 2001, will be on view. The complete work of art features 32 cast-concrete black lawn jockeys and a 16-by-16-foot galvanized steel chessboard.

About the guests

Dr. Treva B. Lindsey:
Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lindsey’s research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. She is a guest contributor to online forums such as Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, and HuffPost Live.

Matthew Cooke:
Filmmaker, actor, director, producer and editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil (2006). Cooke is a recognized advocate for social justice and prison reform.

Dara Silverman:
Founding Director of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Silverman is an organizer and trainer who has been building movements for economic, racial, gender and social justice for over 20 years.

About the Accelerator Series

The Accelerator Series is the Tang Teaching Museum’s dynamic conversation series on big ideas and big issues that seeks to find new entry points into discussions that veer from traditional paths. As an open and inclusive public forum for dialogue, exchange and questioning, the Accelerator Series ignites a collective sense of intellectual curiosity and fosters thoughtful engagement with a deeper understanding of compelling issues that have the potential to spark radical transformations.

The series features key cultural influencers from the arts and culture sector as well as academia, entertainment, government, journalism, media, politics and beyond, who present new perspectives and disrupt the status quo by encouraging a “getting comfortable with discomfort” attitude in order to think and work through big ideas to drive change.

The Accelerator Series is supported by Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum, a project of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ‘80.

Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.