A Space to Appear, A Space to Tarry
- Tamir Williams
- School of Arts & Sciences
Student Arts Innovation Grant
Tamir Williams will curate an exhibition titled A Space to Appear, A Space to Tarry, which will present works from the photographic series “Black Nightclubs on Chicago’s South Side” (1975-1977) by Penn alumnus Michael Abramson. The photographs in Abramson’s series reveal a radical relationality and plurality, and nocturnal visibility that the nightclub sought to foster among its constituents. Williams’s exhibition will, thus, prompt its audience to consider the unconventional spaces (e.g. a nightclub) that can allow for radical practices of being with, relating to, and appearing to each other. The exhibition programming will include a panel discussion between scholars and artists whose work investigates issues of black queer nightlife, black queer phenomenology, and photography; and a workshop, led by Penn MFA students and local artists, on the history, aesthetic, and socio-political implications of nocturnal documentary photography, particularly around scenes of urban nightlife.