Café Conversation- I AM A MAN: The Power of a Statement
09/22/2021, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us as we discuss the work of Memphis-based artist Ernest C. Withers and situates his famous photographs of the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike within a broad historical context. Dr. Auz will examine how contemporary artists have responded to Withers’ photography of the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Lucienne Auz is a Visiting Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Memphis. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington, her M.S. in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, and her B.A in Printmaking from Gonzaga University. Her research and teaching interests span the disciplines of contemporary art history and disability studies. This intersectional approach offers an alternative method for the critical study of visual representation and a deeper understanding of human experience. Currently, Dr. Auz is researching the history of Outsider Art and non-profit art centers that serve artists with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities. Other research and teaching interests include socially engaged art, art conservation and technical art history, and ethical issues of the art world.