Jason R. Young, cocurator of Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, will speak with cocurators Katherine Jentleson and Monica Obniski about the exhibition at the High. Young will share his research about face vessels as well as connections between the exhibition and his book Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry South in the Era of Slavery (LSU Press). Then, the three will discuss the implications of Young’s work for the exhibition and for art from the American South more broadly.
About the Speakers
Jason R. Young
Jason R. Young, cocurator of Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina at the Met, is an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan. He teaches and researches nineteenth-century US history, African American history, and the African diaspora and specializes in the history of art, religion, and folk culture. His writing has been published in The Journal of African American History, Journal of Africana Religions, and Journal of Southern Religion, among others. He is also the author of Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry South in the Era of Slavery (LSU Press, 2011) and coeditor, with Edward J. Blum, of The Souls of W.E.B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections (Mercer University Press, 2009). He holds a degree in history and French from Morehouse College and a PhD in history from the University of California, Riverside.
Katherine “Katie” Jentleson, PhD, is the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum of Art. Since joining the High in 2015, she has curated nine exhibitions, including George Voronovsky: Memoryscapes, which received major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Art Bridges Foundation, the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Jentleson has grown the High’s internationally renowned Folk and Self-Taught Art collection by more than five hundred objects, including major acquisitions of work by Voronovsky, Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, the Gee’s Bend quilters, and Henry Church. In 2022, she began a three-year term as the co-executive editor of Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art. She holds a BA from Cornell University and a PhD in art history from Duke University.
Monica Obniskiis the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the High Museum of Art, where she is responsible for collecting, exhibiting, and programming a global collection of design, which includes a yearly architectural piazza commission. Her curatorial practice engages social issues and is rooted in architecture and design history. Her most recent projects include Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other (2023–2024), Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place (2022–2023), and Scandinavian Design and the United States (2020–2023). She has held curatorial posts at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received an MA from the Bard Graduate Center and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Look closely and see more: one artwork, thirty minutes, new discoveries. No art experience necessary, and all curious learners are welcome!