The Exquisite Lumbee: an artist talk with Ashley Minner
In this virtual author talk, Ashley Minner will share her practice as a community based visual artist and tell the story of the Exquisite Lumbee, one of her best known and most widely shown projects to date. A collaboratively produced body of work featuring life-sized photo portraits and an artist book which borrows its form from a surrealist game, the Exquisite Lumbee invites the world to see a particular community of people in a particular place on their own terms.
About our speaker:
Ashley Minner Jones is a community based visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland and an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She earned her MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and her PhD in American Studies from University of Maryland College Park. In addition to maintaining her artistic practice, she works as an Assistant Curator for History and Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
This virtual talk is presented in conjunction with the in-person exhibition Every Book a Mirror: Book Artists Engage with the 21st Century, which is on display at the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Special Collections Library through July 12, 2023.