Thursday, Sep 9, 6-7:30 PM

Virtual Panel: Behind Healing and Wholeness: Art + Health

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on Facebook Live, featuring artists and health policy-makers, hosted by David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D., curator of the CAC's 2021 Gulf South Exhibition: "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition." RSVP to this event to receive reminders to tune in! The stream will be live on the CAC's Facebook channel. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Featuring multimedia artworks from 36 Gulf South artists, "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition" offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community. ABOUT THE DISCUSSION Whether through catharsis or biopolitical resistance, art has long intertwined with health. Egon Schiele painted himself, his wife, and their unborn child, before all three succumbed to the Spanish Flu. AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) together with arts collective Gran Fury and Visual AIDS demanded national visibility and political action to fight AIDS, inextricably linking art, activism, and public health. As we face down another pandemic and confront the myriad health disparities that determine how we live and who will die, this panel of experts and artists will discuss the power of art to bring healing, shed light on the myriad of health disparities hindering equitable health outcomes, and expose what lies behind our collective inability in this moment to heal whole. ABOUT THE MODERATOR & CURATOR David Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. is a scholar, author, philosopher, social justice and human rights advocate-activist, educator, philanthropist, community organizer, DEI practitioner, and administrator. Professionally, he is the owner and Chief Reimaginelutionary at The REImaginelution, LLC, a strategic consulting firm working at the intersections of imagination, policy, practice, and prophetic hope to radically reimagine diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) toward racial justice and systemic transformation by engendering freedom of the human spirit; and catalyzing the power of the imagination to reweave organizations, systems, and the world for collective healing and liberation.