Join us for a performance by SCAD alumnus Masud Olufani (M.F.A., sculpture, 2013) in collaboration with the talented singer Minka Wiltz. Olufani is a visual and performance artist, actor and singer whose practice brings to light forgotten and suppressed African American histories. Exploring Southern oral traditions and narrations, "Blocked at Five Points" relates to an unmarked but significant slave auction site in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. His invocation serves as both an act of memorialization and protest. The performance is introduced by Amanda York, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.
Olufani lives and works in Atlanta and was a SCAD Alumni Atelier ambassador in 2015. He holds a B.A. degree in studio art from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and his residencies include the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Creative Currents Artist Collaborative in Portobelo, Panama; The Creatives Project in Atlanta; The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Olufani received a 2015–16 Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia Working Artist Project grant; a 2014 Idea Capital grant; the 2015 Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement Project grant; and was a 2014-15 Walthall Fellow. His work has been featured in exhibitions in Atlanta; New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Richmond, Virginia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong.
Minka Wiltz has performed in theater for more than 15 years and has been an operatic and concert singer for more than 20 years. She is a five-time Suzi Bass Award nominee. She began training at age 6 and toured the world with the Young Singers of Callanwolde at age 14. Her work has taken her to Paris, France; London, England; Athens, Greece; Edinburgh, Scotland, and all over the U.S. She has worked with Atlanta: Horizon Theatre, Actor’s Express, Alliance Theatre and Synchronicity Theatre. Her performance credits include: Atlanta Opera: chorus of "Madame Butterfly" under maestro William Fred Scott; featured soloist in the Atlanta premiere of "Porgy & Bess" under maestro Stefano Lano; and Dido in "Dido and Aeneas" under maestro Scott in Gainesville, Florida. In 2015, Wiltz presented the first installment piece of her one-woman trilogy "Shaking the Wind" and "Breathing Fire Moving Earth" at Emory University’s Breaking Ground series in Atlanta.
This performance is a part of the "Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence" symposium, Oct. 19–20. The symposium is free and open to the public.
"Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence" is on view through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. The exhibition and symposium are made possible by the generous support of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation and the Ford Foundation.