Hearing Room 4  |  4:45pm–6:00pm

How does the Black art canon inform our conceptions of Blackness? And how are contemporary artists redefining—and defying imposed definitions of—Blackness today?

ERICA DEEMAN is a San Francisco photographer whose work examines assumptions about Black identity.

DUANE DETERVILLE is an artist, writer and scholar of visual culture. He co-authored the book Black Artists in Oakland and is a contributor to the SFMOMA online publication Open Space.

EMORY DOUGLAS worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. His iconic graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther.

KAREN SENEFERU is an artist and the founder and co-curator of The Black Woman is God, an ongoing multi-media visual and spiritual exhibition featuring over 150 women from the African diaspora.

DOROTHY LAZARD (moderator) manages the Oakland History Room, a research department of the Oakland Public Library. She is also a writer whose work has appeared in Essence, BMa: the Sonia Sanchez Literary Review , The Public Library: a photographic essay, and Oakland Noir.