What a surprise! Fred Moten, Professor of English at the University of California,Riverside, gave a lecture this evening from 5 – 6pm in the gallery. I learned about it just by chance as I gave my last lecture at what I thought was the close of my exhibition. I am glad I did. He was the final keynote speaker for the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. This conference is in its 43rd year, and has become an international event. We met one presenter from London, another from Rhode Island University and others.
Moten mentioned to me about writing some years back about Frederick Douglass, and specifically about the image behind him on the right entitled, Esther’s Curse – Beauty. It is nice when my viewers recognize the account I am portraying and have a similar vision of what occurred. After listening to his lecture on “Black Poetics “, I think I will revisit poetry looking for ‘taste and flavor ‘.