Prizm Art Fair



Friday | December 6
1 pm – 1:45 pm
This panel seeks to investigate the importance of intra-dialogue and critic within the Black visual arts community. Pulling together both an international and inter-generational panel of curators, writers, and critics to generate a well-rounded discussion on the value of criticism.
Peju Oshin | Assistant Curator, Tate (moderator)
Hi, I’m Peju an Educator and Curator whose practice centres around the exploration of liminality, feelings and process through socially engaged practice and research. I currently work at Tate as an Assistant Curator. I am an Associate Lecturer and have worked on the MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries course at Central Saint Martins.  Other areas of interest include my involvement in the Museum Detox network. I was one of the co-organisers of the FlashMob at The Museum of London in 2016. Additionally, I am a trustee of Peckham Platform (appointed 2018), and was a Judge for the 2019 Cultural residency at the Institute of Imagination.  My background in art, architecture & design underpins my career in the cultural sector. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to projects is essential, whilst simultaneously weaving in vital space for reflective practice.  Working in various cultural spaces has given me access and the opportunity to rethink our everyday use and engagement with collections and archives. I recently lead the first Young Curators Group at Barbican in exploring and developing an understanding of curatorial practice and archiving skills.Having recently completed a PgCert at UAL in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication I have a good understanding of pedagogies to support learning in Higher Education spaces. As part of the course, I developed an independent research project centred around Bauhaus pedagogy and its influences on the contemporary art school. I continue to develop work alongside other research projects focused on art and culture. The latter speaks to my wider interests in exploring and applying knowledge from multiple disciplines informing my approach to education and curating.

Jessica Lynne | Editor and Art Critic, ARTS.BLACK
Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in AmericaThe BelieverBOMB MagazineThe Nation and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about love, faith, and the American South. Jessica lives and works in coastal Virginia. Find her online at @lynne_bias.
Halima Taha | Arts Management and Consulting
Halima Taha is recognized throughout the U.S. as an authority on collecting African American art and arts management. For more than twenty years, she continues to contribute to the field as an appraiser, art advisor, educator and speaker. Author of the best selling book, “Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas” (Crown, 1/99 and Verve Editions 1/05) and “Three Decades of American Printmaking: the Brandywine Collection” (Hudson Hills Press, 10/04). Ms. Taha is a highly sought media personality and consultant. She was featured in USA Today and has appeared on many shows including Fox News, Good Day New York and PBS, where her highly acclaimed book was featured as a choice membership incentive. Her experience includes her leadership as an arts advocate and spokesperson, lecturer, former Managing Director and Art Gallery Owner, specializing in 20th Century art and photography.
Her consulting expertise keeps her in demand and includes fine art appraising, private and corporate art collections development, visual and performing artist’s management, institutional public program planning and arts and education curriculum development. Former member of the faculty of the College of New Rochelle, she is listed in the Annual Yearbook of Experts, Authorities and Spokespersons.
Ms. Taha earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and Shepperton University. She earned her degrees in the Liberal Arts, Arts Management & Cultural Policy and Art History. She has a Certificate in Appraisal Studies and Decorative Art from New York University and a certificate in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. She serves on state and local art panels and juries, and actively lectures for university, civic and cultural organizations nationwide. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of African American Artists and the Visual Arts Foundation. She is also a member of ArtTable, Inc., the National Association of Female Executives, the College Art Association, the African American Museum Association and the Appraisers Association of America. She is also a New York State Council on the Arts recipient for screen writing.

Shantay Robinson | Professor of English, George Mason University
Shantay Robinson participated in the inaugural class of Burnaway Magazine’s Art Writers Mentorship Program, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies Digital Publishing Project Editorial Fellowship, and CUE Art Foundation’s Art Critic Mentoring Program. She presented at SCAD’s (Savannah College of Art and Design) Symposium on Art and Fashion, Georgia State University’s New Voices Graduate Student Conference, Georgia State University’s Glorious Hair and Academic Identities Conference, Northeastern Modern Languages Association Conference, New York African Studies Association Conference, and others. She is a freelance art writer, having written for Washington City Paper, Art Papers, Arts ATL, Burnaway, Number, Inc. Afropunk, Black Art in America, and ARTS.BLACK. She wholly self-produced a documentary, Untangled: Getting to the Roots of a Hair Movement, that screened at ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art), Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and other sites. Her scholarly interests include visual rhetoric and multimodal composition.

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