Fall 2020

Past Events

October 22, 2020



Jeffreen Hayes, Ph.D., offers reflections on Augusta Savage's legacy and lasting imprint.

What does it mean for artists to be responsive in contemporary moments, moments that are extensions of the past?


Artists offer glimpses of their movement across time that help us understand places and experiences that shape our communities. Harlem artist Augusta Savage is one such artist who accomplished this in her life's work of sculpting images of the Black community while shaping Harlem as a place for artists. Several artists in the Uptown Triennial 2020 connect with Savage's legacy. Jeffreen Hayes will weave together the connections as she offers reflections on Savage's lasting imprint.

Jeffreen Hayes, Ph.D. is a Black woman who uses her lived experiences and scholarly research in race, museums and visual culture to reimagine new worlds. Jeffreen creates and holds space for the Black community through her curatorial and leadership work. She has curated a number of exhibitions that include SILOS, Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People and Embracing the Lens: BlackFlorida project. Jeffreen hosts "for the love of blk" podcast, leads Chicago-based contemporary arts organization Threewalls, and advocates for racial inclusion and equity in the arts.