- June 21, 2018
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
We often visit our cultural institutions to view works of art and ponder semiotics, or meaning-making, from the perspectives of the artists represented. But what if we were to engage in a semiotic reading of the museum itself?
Kathy Littles, Dean in the School of Consciousness and Transformation, invites us to ask ourselves this question with particular consideration for the African subject as a lens to critically explore how our western museums have historically held power and authority in matters of race. In this BIG IDEAS talk, Dr. Littles offers an examination the African Voices exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and explains why we must question curatorial narratives in viewing curated spaces.
Kathy Littles, PhD is Dean in the School of Consciousness and Transformation; she is also the Director of the Transformative Inquiry Department at CIIS. In 2006 she earned her doctorate in Cultural Studies with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis. She earned a BA in Anthropology and Art from St. Mary's College of California in 1994, and her MA in Anthropology from San Francisco State in 1998. Dr. Littles was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Undergraduate Studies for ten years at CIIS, she has also taught courses at the College of Marin, Berkeley City College and UC Davis. Previous administrative positions include work with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cultural Arts and Marketing Division for the City of Oakland, the Cultural Council for Monterey County in Carmel, CA and University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Littles research interests include critical race theory, feminist theory, African Art, and the semiotics of museums and ethnic art.