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20 Apr 2021

Virtual Insights: Antwaun Sargent in Conversation with Horace D. Ballard

Join us virtually for a conversation with author and critic Antwaun Sargent in dialogue with curator and art historian Horace D. Ballard exploring the rich histories and contemporary practices of emerging and established self-taught Black photographers. Looking in particular at the genre of portrait photography, Sargent and Ballard will examine notions of gender, power, position, gaze, and representation, as well as questions of legacy and influence. This program is organized in conjunction with the museum exhibition PHOTO|BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie.

Space is limited; advance registration is required. Please consider making a donation when you register to support ongoing virtual programming.

Instructions for joining with a Zoom link and password will be provided by email upon registration confirmation under “Additional Information.” Closed captioning will be provided in English. For questions or to request accessibility accommodations, please email

Antwaun Sargent is a writer, critic, and director at Gagosian Gallery living and working in New York City. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, W, Vogue, and other publications. He has contributed to essays in museums and gallery publications on Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas, Arthur Jafa, Deborah Roberts, and Yinka Shonibare, among other artists. Sargent has lectured and participated in public conversations with artists at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, MCA Denver, Art Gallery of Ontario, Harvard University, and Yale University. He has also co-organized a number of exhibitions, including The Way We Live Now at Aperture, Then and Now: Chase Hall and Cameron Welch at Jenkins Johnson Projects, and the traveling exhibition, Young, Gifted and Black. The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion is his first book.

Dr. Horace D. Ballard is Curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art. He is a lecturer on eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century portraiture, the visual cultures of race and gender, and the material cultures of religion in the joint graduate program for the History of Art at The Clark Art Institute and Williams College. He has held positions in the curatorial, education, and interpretation departments of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design, Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.


Images: Photo courtesy of Antwaun Sargent and Photo of Horace D. Ballard by Jessica Smolinski, 2019.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET

Online; free with registration