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Art + Letters Book Club

Art + Letters Book Club
Thursday, October 15th 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual event via Zoom

Join us on October 15 at 6 pm via Zoom for a discussion of Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions moderated by The Galleries' Graduate Assistant Qiaira Riley (MFA Socially Engaged Studio Art '21).  

Nervous Conditions is Tsitsi Dangaremba’s semi-autobiographical novel that follows Tambu, an adolescent girl living in post-colonial Rhodesia, who is given the opportunity to get a higher education after the death of her older brother. The novel, which was the first book published in English by a Zimbabwean woman, portrays themes of race, colonialism, and gender during the struggle for independence of present-day Zimbabwe.  

Qiaira Riley is a Sagittarius, fourth-generation Chicago native, and interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. She is a Socially Engaged Studio Art MFA candidate exploring archiving, Black women's cooking phenomenology, and ancestral veneration. Riley's most recent work is the Princess Pamela Project, a community cooking series, where she recreates each recipe from a vintage soul food cookbook 12 times with 12 different people.  

The Art + Letters Book Club is a salon-style discussion group designed to raise collective awareness and understanding of politics, race, gender, religion, history, colonialism, class, and culture with readings that take intersectionality as their focus. Art + Letters texts are chosen to complement current Galleries exhibitions, providing an alternate path to connect with visual art through reading and discussion. Each meeting is facilitated by a moderator—an artist, writer, curator, activist, or educator— with specialized knowledge or experience that relates to the text.  

This event is FREE and open to the public. Register through this link. We will share login information and community guidelines prior to the event.  

MOORE STUDENTS! We are giving away five free copies of the book. Register with your Moore email address for a chance to win!

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