The artist Tomashi Jackson and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation to mark the opening of Jackson’s new Radcliffe exhibition, Brown II.
In Brown II and the exhibition’s accompanying publication, Jackson explores the challenges of implementing the landmark 1954 US Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Her work centers on the subsequent 1955 case (referred to as Brown II), which stated that the effort to desegregate schools in the United States was to be undertaken with “all deliberate speed.” Jackson and Brown-Nagin will consider the Brown II decision, its impact on individual and institutions, and the work that continues today. They will also discuss Jackson’s research in Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and the collaborative conceptual and artistic processes that Jackson pursued in developing the exhibition.
Jackson combines a vibrant practice in painting and printmaking with archival research in the histories of law, urbanism, and social justice. Brown II offers a series of vibrant portraits of the activists Ruth Batson and Pauli Murray, whose courageous efforts were central to the advancement of Black freedom and civil rights. Jackson drew on source material from the collections of the Schlesinger Library, which detail Batson’s and Murray’s contributions to the continuing struggle for Black lives.