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Oct 8

Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina – Exhibition Tour with ​Ebitenyefa Baralaye and Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan

Free and open to the public. Registration for this event is currently full. Click here to register for the waitlist. 

Please join Ebitenyefa Baralaye and Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan for a tour of Hear Me Now for a discussion of the works in the exhibition and relationships with the art practice of Baralaye who works in similar materials and processes. They will focus on specific works that resonate personally for the artist and discuss what questions the exhibition raises around memory, equity and legacy for local communities in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.  

Ebitenyefa Baralaye (he/him) is a ceramicist, sculptor, designer, and educator. His work explores cultural, spiritual, and material translations of objects, text, bodies, and symbols interpreted through a diaspora lens and abstracted around the aesthetics of craft and design. Baralaye’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Friedman Benda Gallery (New York), David Klein Gallery (Detroit), and the Korea Ceramic Foundation (Icheon), among others. He is currently an assistant professor and the Section Lead of Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.

Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan (she/hers) is a curator, writer, and arts administrator based in Detroit. She has worked on numerous exhibitions of contemporary art nationally and internationally and is the co-founding editor of Infinite Mile, a journal of art and cultures in Detroit. Through her work, she aims to create change within art and cultural organizations so that inclusivity, belonging, equity, and access can be more fully realized in the production,

Hear Me Now is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Lead support for UMMA's presentation of the exhibition is provided by Michigan Engineering, the U-M Office of the Provost, the U-M Office of the President, the Americana Foundation, the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the U-M Inclusive History Project, and Michigan Humanities. Additional generous support is provided by Larry and Brenda Thompson and Melissa Kaish and Jonathan Dorfman. 


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