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MOCA hosts ‘Art & Conversations: Social Change 101’

Various works by Frances Goodman featured in the Romancing the Mirror exhibition.jpegThe Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville, a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, along with the Jacksonville Public Library are collaborating to present “Art & Conversations: Social Change 101,” an interactive virtual panel connected to MOCA's group exhibition, Romancing the Mirror. The virtual event will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

The Art & Conversations series provides the community access to a rich set of resources by partnering educational library programs with a museum exhibition. The upcoming Social Change 101 panel aims to help increase awareness of women and femmes' experiences with art and will discuss how community members can make the city of Jacksonville a safer place.

The event moderator will be Jessica Borusky, University of North Florida art galleries director and instructor. Featured panelists representing academia, community activism, artists and social services include:

  • Dr. Jennifer Wesely, UNF professor of criminology and criminal justice
  • Elena Øhlander, illustrator and artist
  • GeeXella, musician and community organizer
  • Lucy Maddox, development director for The Women’s Center of Jacksonville
  • Paige Mahogany Parks, trans activist and writer

Dr. Wesely will be discussing her research related to the objectification and sexualization of girls and women and the harmful impacts of these images, along with her work related to "body technologies" and the de-stabilization of conventional gender meanings.

The Romancing the Mirror exhibition showcases a new generation of women artists. Although developing in different directions, these artists display masterful yet playful uses of different techniques to present an inherently female sense of self and way of looking at the world. The featured artists take themselves, their lives and environments as narrative subjects while at the same time challenging classical depictions and definitions of the female in the history of art

Registration is required for this event and must be completed two hours prior to the start time. A link to the Zoom meeting room will be sent via email one hour prior to the event. Your Zoom name must match the registration name for you to be admitted to the program.

For more information on the Social Change 101 event or the Art & Conversations series as a whole, visit the Jacksonville Public Library website

To learn more about MOCA's other featured exhibitions on display such as The Circle and The Square, Heirloom: Weaving Memory With the Now and Project Atrium: Imagination Squared10, visit the museum in-person at their downtown location or access the MOCA website.