The Columbia Museum of Art will host a free event at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, with a pop-up cafe beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Dr. Stephanie Y. Mitchem, professor of religious studies at the University of South Carolina, teaches contemporary theology and women’s studies, emphasizing the experiences and perspectives of black women. Mitchem will explore the themes in the major new exhibition Renée Cox: Soul Culture, which deconstructs issues of race and gender using the body as central image to promote positivity and empowerment. Her current research focuses on the intersections of social class, gender constructions, racism, and religions, ideas which Cox also examines through her art.
ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA.
“We always want to break out of the art history bubble with this program,” says Kayleigh Vaughn, CMA manager of engagement. “It’s interesting to see how works of art can be interpreted by people with different backgrounds. Dr. Mitchem will be a thought-provoking example of this as she brings a distinctive viewpoint from not only religious studies, but also women’s studies.”
Prior to the lecture, pastries and coffee are available for purchase at a pop-up café courtesy of Curiosity Coffee Bar.