Sam Durant and Robin Coste Lewis

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to present our Fall Conversation Series in partnership with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, featuring multimedia artist Sam Durant in conversation with National Book Award-winning poet Robin Coste Lewis. Free and open to the public.

Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. Durant’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and in the United States and can be found in many public collections including the Tate Modern in London, Project Row Houses in Houston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He teaches art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), which has been described as “a meditation on the cultural depiction of the black female figure. Juxtaposing autobiography with art-historical constructs of racial identity, she defines and creates self.” Lewis has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, and Hampshire College. She currently serves as a Provost’s Fellow at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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