Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Portia Cobb
January 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portia Cobb is an interdisciplinary artist deeply interested in telling stories that reflect the double-consciousness of African-American history, identity, forced forgetting and reconstructed memory, and also associate professor in the department of film, video, animation, & new genres in the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. Her body of work and research have joined these themes to short-form videos, photographic essays, field recordings, ephemeral installation and performance. During a recent multi-year artist residency at Lynden Sculpture Garden, her projects, Lizzie’s Garden and Rooted: The Storied Land, Memory & Belonging, are drawn from questions about survival, and the radical black imagination of her Gullah-Geechee great aunt, Lizzie, dreaming of possibility post-Emancipation, Reconstruction and during the dawn of Jim Crow in rural black spaces.