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Picturing the Pandemic: Curation, Collaboration, and the Power of Journaling
The exhibition, "Picturing the Pandemic: Images from the Pandemic Journaling Project" at Hartford Public Library Downtown, features a selection of the images created as part of an innovative experiment with online journaling. Exhibition collaborators Sarah S. Willen, UConn Associate Professor of Anthropology and Pandemic Journaling Project (PJP) co-founder, and Alexis L. Boylan, Director of Academic Affairs at UConn Humanities Institute and Professor of Africana Studies and Art and Art History, discuss the power of journaling, what it was like to collaboratively curate a show, what truth we can find in images of the pandemic, and the importance of our communal participation in visual record and memory of the pandemic. Held in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, "Seeing Truth: Art, Science, Museums, and Making Knowledge."

Nov 15, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah S. Willen
Associate Professor of Anthropology @University of Connecticut
Sarah S. Willen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where she also directs the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute. A medical and sociocultural anthropologist, she is author or editor of four books, six special issues, and several dozen articles and book chapters on issues of irregular migration, migration and health, health equity, health and human rights, and medical education, among other topics. She is Principal Investigator of the RWJF-funded ARCHES | the AmeRicans’ Conceptions of Health Equity Study, Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded study on how Covid-19 is affecting first-generation college students and their families, and Co-Founder of the Pandemic Journaling Project.
Alexis L. Boylan
Professor of Africana Studies and Art and Art History @University of Connecticut
Alexis L. Boylan is the director of academic affairs of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) and a professor with a joint appointment in the Art and Art History Department and the Africana Studies Institute. She is the author of Visual Culture (MIT Press, 2020), Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), co-author of Furious Feminisms: Alternate Routes on Mad Max: Fury Road (University of Minnesota, 2020), editor of Thomas Kinkade, The Artist in the Mall (Duke University Press, 2017), and editor of the forthcoming Ellen Emmet Rand: Gender, Art, and Business (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). She has published in American Art, Archives of American Art Journal, Boston Review, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Public Books. Her next book focuses on the art created for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City and how art and science antagonize and inspire cultural dialogues about truth and knowledge.