Contours of the Interior: Curator Talk

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Contours of the Interior: Curator Talk with Dr. Gervais Marsh and Angela T. Tate

Join us for an in-person conversation with 2023 Emerging Curator, Dr. Gervais Marsh, and Angela T. Tate, Curator of Women’s History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, on Saturday, January 20 from 12:30-2 PM.

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2023 Emerging Curator Dr. Gervais Marsh states, “Our interior worlds are rich landscapes of emotions, thoughts, desires, and contradictions. But is the complexity of interior life always assumed and who is afforded the space to prioritize this realm for the self? Contours of the Interior brings together the work of Lola Ayisha Ogbara, Sasha-Kay Nicole and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal in a meditation on opacity, quiet, withholding and mundanity. Each artist complicates the confines of form, while re-orienting into the self and exceeding narrow, definitive interpretation. Spanning photography, sculpture, sound, and video, the artists attend to the nuances of Black life (and living more broadly). They move away from the limited considerations of Black creative expression for public consumption, and do not position their work solely within discourses of resistance and circumstances of anti-Black violence.”

About Angela T. Tate

Angela T. Tate is Curator of Women’s History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as curator and public historian in a variety of archives and museums that focused on telling inclusive and expansive stories of the American past. She is a PhD candidate in history at Northwestern University and was educated at California State University, San Bernardino and Sacramento City College. Her dissertation follows the history of Black women in radio and their involvement in global civil rights movements, with an emphasis on the intersections between celebrity, activism, and feminism. This work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the New York Public Library, and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute. Tate’s work has been published in Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture and several upcoming publications. Learn more at


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