Objects on a wall

Installation view of Sharif Bey: Excavations at Carnegie Museum of Art, 2021, photo: Bryan Conley

In Conversation: Interpretation

CMOA Theater

Free with admission


In Conversation is a series of engaged discourse that brings together different points of view from scholars, artists, writers, and creatives to explore national and international perspectives on our collections and exhibitions on view. Hear from a diverse line-up of guests discussing a range of topics in relation to our galleries and public art spaces.

On February 24, join artists Jessica Gaynelle Moss and Frewuhn and art historian Kilolo Luckett as they discuss the theme of interpretation in their roles as curators. Inspired by the recontextualization of natural history specimens and anthropological artifacts in the exhibition Sharif Bey: Excavations, the panelists will explore their research process and how they approach the role of interpretation in their creative projects and exhibitions.

This conversation will be held in Carnegie Museum of Art's Theater.

About the speakers:

Jessica Gaynelle Moss is an artist, independent curator, art collector, and arts consultant to institutions and private clients. Currently, she serves as the Founding Director of The Roll Up CLT, a neighborhood-embedded artist residency program that invites Black artists from outside of Pennsylvania to collaborate with North Carolina-based artists and arts organizations. She also serves as the Administrative Director of Sibyls Shrine, a four-tiered artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh, PA. Although building and protecting Black space and investing in collective community service are an extension of her creative practice, Jessica works across many media to develop innovative, ethical, and responsible solutions that advance Black people, women, and underrepresented artists.

Frewuhn is a multidisciplinary performing artist. Her work follows a trajectory of theory to practice. Her background in theology, history, and anthropology inform her work and approach. Frewuhn probes at the methodology of performance, the methods of our madness, art as process making, and tool shaping.

Kilolo Luckett is a Pittsburgh-based art historian and curator. She is the founding executive director and chief curator of ALMA|LEWIS, an experimental, contemporary art platform for critical thinking, dialogue, and creative expression dedicated to Black culture. She serves as an Art Commissioner for the City of Pittsburgh's Art Commission. Luckett is currently writing an authorized biography on Naomi Sims, one of the first Black supermodels.

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