Dr. Fahamu Pecou returns to Charleston for conversation and “Visible Man” signing


Dr. Anthony Greene will speak on stage with Fahamu Pecou at the College of Charleston’s School of Sciences and Mathematics, 202 Calhoun Street, on Saturday, June 9 at 4:00PM. Following the conversation, there will be a reception at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street. Admission for the conversation and reception is free and the event is open to the public.

Pecou will be signing copies of Visible Man, the catalogue published by the Halsey Institute for his 2016 exhibition DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance organized in collaboration with the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, during the reception at the Halsey Institute’s galleries. If interested, guests may bring their own copies of the catalogue to be signed and copies will be available for purchase ($34.95) at the event.

Published by the Halsey Institute, Visible Man provides an in depth look at the artist’s work from the past two decades. Pecou’s work investigates the concept of Black masculinity and provides new modes for the representation of Black bodies. Starting with his self-assumed persona, Fahamu Pecou is the Shit!, and his early NEOPOP works-in which he places himself on the covers of prestigious art and culture magazines-the catalogue shows the trajectory of his work, ending with the DO or DIE and #BLACKMATTERLIVES series.

The 174-page catalogue contains over 100 full-color images as well as scholarly essays by Amanda H. Hellman, Arturo Lindsay, Sean Meighoo, and Michael K. Wilson that critically examine Pecou’s work.

Dr. Fahamu Pecou

Dr. Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity.

Pecou received a BFA at the Atlanta College of Art, an MA from Emory University, and was recently awarded a Ph.D. from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts. Pecou maintains an active exhibition schedule as well as public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide.

In 2017, Pecou was the subject of a retrospective exhibition Miroirs de l’Homme in Paris. He is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation “Painters and Sculptors” Award. His work is featured in noted private and public national and international collections including Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture; Société Générale, Paris; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Seattle Art Museum; Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, The University of Alabama; Clark Atlanta University Art Collection; and The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Dr. Anthony D. Greene is an Associate Professor with the African American Studies program and the Department of Sociology at the College of Charleston. He specializes in race-ethnic relations and cultural and ethnic identity.Dr. Greene received a BA in Sociology and African American Studies and an MA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Miami.

Dr. Greene’s current areas of research include race-ethnicity, cultural, and ethnic identity among the U.S. Black populations. Current works, as well as a recent publication, focus on Black identity among African American and Caribbean Black populations. Greene’s ongoing research includes several empirical analyses that continue to focus on Black identity. He co-authored two articles that highlight the nexus between social class and attitudes about social inequality among African Americans and whites, as well as African Americans and Black immigrants. There’s also an ongoing piece that investigates how the perception of discrimination impacts social psychological factors (i.e., social anxiety, depressive symptoms, self-esteem) among Black subgroups in the U.S.

Over the last year, he has grown more interested in the portrayal of African Americans in various media outlets (social media, news, television/film). Greene is particularly interested in the continued negative displays of African Americans in reality television, particularly women, and the continued demonizing of Black men (i.e., criminals) and the overall lack of balance of Black images in the media.

Source via Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston 

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