EnviroThursday - Space Place and Humanities Seminar Series
Speaker: Regina Agu, Artist
Regina Agu’s seminar will discuss the history of the panorama as a visual form, with a focus on depictions of the Gulf South and Mississippi River as panoramic spaces. The artist’s work, Passage, will serve as an entry point to examining the precarious environmental, social, and political geographies of the Gulf South through visual representation, socially-engaged research, and mining the intertwined historical legacies that shape the contemporary landscapes and waterways of the region.
Regina Agu was born in Houston, TX and raised between the United States, Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Africa, and Switzerland. She relocated to Chicago at the beginning of 2020, where she now lives and works. Her work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, publications, and performances internationally. Agu was a 2022 Radicle artist-in-residence in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center. Her first solo museum show, Passage, was presented at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2019-2020). Her work has been supported by an Artadia Houston award, grants from Houston Arts Alliance, The Idea Fund, and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts + Project Row Houses fellowship at the University of Houston for her research project A Psychogeography of Emancipation Park. She has attended residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans through a partnership with For Freedoms, A Studio in the Woods, Open Sessions at The Drawing Center in NYC, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Lawndale Artist Studio Program, among others. From 2014-2017, Agu was the co-director of Alabama Song, a collaboratively-run art space in Third Ward, Houston, which received a 2016 SEED grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Agu is the founder of the Houston-based WOC Reading Group, and her other collaborative projects include Friends of Angela Davis Park. Agu holds a BS from Cornell University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Contact: Ann Esson, [email protected]
Sponsor: Environmental Studies
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