Artist & Scholar Naima Lowe Visits The Fed Galleries at KCAD & UICA

Please note: In response to concern about the Coronavirus/COVID-19, These events have been cancelled.

Naima Lowe Richard Simmons II

by Aaminah Shakur

The Fed Galleries @ KCAD [] and the UICA [] are jointly hosting artist and scholar Naima Lowe in March, including an exhibition at the Fed Galleries, and events at both the Fed Galleries and UICA. This is a great opportunity to meet the artist, hear about her experiences presenting her works “Richard Simmons ‘Til You Die” and “Thirty-Nine (39) Questions for White People” across the country, and learn about her grounding in Fat Activism and Black cultural production.

On Tuesday, March 17 Lowe will lead a lunch-hour interactive performance and discussion of her work “Thirty-Nine (39) Questions for White People” at the Fed Galleries @ KCAD, including discussion of vulnerability, emotional labor, race, and racism.

On Thursday, March 19 the UICA hosts Lowe for an artist talk about the inspiration and process behind the creation of her work “Richard Simmons ‘Til You Die”.

Naima Lowe Richard Simmons Participation

Naima Lowe, “Richard Simmons ‘Til You Die”, detail.

Both of these works are currently on view at the Fed Galleries @ KCAD, and “Richard Simmons ‘Til You Die” is available for interaction during gallery hours through March 20. Gallery hours are: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Friday/Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The Fed Galleries @ KCAD are open to the public and always free of charge.

From the artist’s website: []

“Naima Lowe comes from a long line of Black people who make things. She’s got parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-great grandparents who are musicians, fashion designers, Sunday school teachers, waitresses, and field hands. Through them she inherited a lineage and aesthetic of Black cultural production characterized by the alchemic survival strategies known as collaboration and improvisation. These people have also gifted Naima with her commitment to social justice, focused work ethic and big mouth.

Naima Lowe 39 Questions

Naima Lowe, “Thirty-Nine(39) Questions for White People”, detail.

Naima’s film, video, performance and textual works work have been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, The Jack Straw Cultural Center, Judson Memorial Church, and Seattle Center for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University and an MFA from Temple University. Naima has been an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and she’s currently a Visual Art Fellow at The Tulsa Artist Fellowship.” []

Gallery Talk & Discussion []
Interactive Performance of “Thirty-Nine(39) Questions for White People”
Tuesday, March 17 11:30am – 12:20pm
Fed Galleries @ KCAD
17 Pearl St NW
Admission: Free


Artist Lecture []
Fat Activism and “Richard Simmons ‘Til You Die”
Thursday, March 19 5:30pm – 7:30pm
2Fulton St W
Free with admission

One Response to “Artist & Scholar Naima Lowe Visits The Fed Galleries at KCAD & UICA”
  1. Michele says:

    Both events are FREE and if you attend Lowe’s lecture at UICA, you get free admission to see Translating Valence and A Beautiful Struggle.

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