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Okwui Okpokwasili, Françoise Vergès, Lorraine O’Grady, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and Dionne Brand are among the many artists, authors, and educators who will be at the Guggenheim this weekend for the LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT conference.

This “daylong gathering dedicated to the intellectual life of black women” was organized by Simone Leigh, Tina Campt, and Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments.


Saturday, April 27, from 1 pm.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street), New York City.

The name of the conference—and Leigh’s concurrent show at the museum—refers to a chapter title in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, who referred to the opening line of the poem “The Task” (1784) by William Cowper.

From top: Okwui Okpokwasili (left), Poor People’s TV Room, 2017, courtesy of the artist; Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is. . . (Girl Pointing), 1983/2009, chromogenic color print, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York, © 2015 Lorraine O’Grady, Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York); Simone Leigh with a wax mold of a braid for the High Line Plinth piece Brick House, at Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia, photograph by Constance Mensh. Brick House will be on view in Manhattan from June 2019.


This week, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts will give a talk as part of the IDS Public Lecture series at Cooper Union.


Tuesday, March 26, at 7 pm.

Frederick P. Rose Auditorium

Cooper Union

40 Cooper Square, New York City.

See Rhodes-Pitt and Charles Gaines in “Freed But Not Free”: Artists at the Venice Biennale Respond to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.

Also see “Curriculum Year Zero,” a transcription of Rhodes-Pitts’ Creative Time Summit talk at the 2015 Venice Biennale, PARIS LA 14 (Winter 2016): 26–28.

From top: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, photograph by Marcus Werner, courtesy the writer and the photographer; book cover image courtesy Little, Brown.