Film Screening and Discussion with AJ McClenon
- February 19, 2021
- 6:00 PM CST
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Jennie Martin, email@example.com
Open to the public.
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Born and raised in DC proper, A.J. McClenon studied art and creative writing at the University of Maryland and The New School prior to receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Alongside artistic experiences, AJ is passionate about teaching and community collaborations with that goal that all the memories and histories that are said to have ¿too many Black people,¿ are told and retold again. As a means to uphold these stories AJ creates performances, installations, objects, sounds, visuals, and writings. These creations often revolve around an interest in water and aquatic life, escapism, Blackness, science, grief, US history, and the global future. AJ is deeply invested in leveling the hierarchies of truth and using personal narrative to speak on political and cultural amnesia and their absurdities.
AJ holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Terrain Exhibitions. AJ is currently the co-director of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. AJ is also a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.
Join us in conversation with A.J. McClenon after the screening.