Visual Artist Kiyan Williams (SOA '19) will give an artist's talk on their work and process, and then be joined in a larger conversation about fugitive Diasporic / Black / queer / trans embodiment with Columbia Professor Vanessa Agard-Jones.
Co-Presented with the School of the Arts, Visual Arts Program, the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Kiyan Williams is a visual artist based in New York City. Working in a range of media, they use quotidian and abject materials to make artworks that reveal the fissures and dissonances within dominant narratives of history and American identity. Their solo exhibition, A
Crack Beneath the Weight of It All, is currently on view at Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Their debut institutional solo
exhibition, Between Starshine and Clay, was presented at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) in 2022. In 2022 they graduated
from Columbia's MFA Visual Art program.