Artist Talk, Unfit Frame

Titus Kaphar, Unfit Frame, 2016

Titus Kaphar, Unfit Frame, 2016. Oil on canvas with a gilded antique frame, books, and a broom. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Much of black history, as recorded in Western art, is summarized by the traditional depiction of figures in one of three roles: enslaved, in servitude, or impoverished. Beyond this limited social order, however, lies a people of dignity and strength whose survival is nothing less than miraculous. Hayden Visiting Artist and New Haven resident Titus Kaphar, M.F.A. 2006, discusses his continued exploration of that history through the practice of visual quotation in his own work.

Space is limited. Please meet in the Gallery lobby.