Hear Mitchell Squire’s thoughts about his work, life, and contemporary issues in art. After sharing visual presentations of his work, Squire will discuss the issues that drive him with James Garrett Jr., followed by a Q&A session.

Mitchell Squire is an artist and educator whose practice encompasses architecture, visual art, design, and cultural studies. His talk will focus on how one man reflects on black selfhood through creative and academic actions. He also will show how his creative practice has its origin in examining the political complexity of material culture. In seeking to understand the value we place on the everyday things that surround us, he has concluded that material things function as cultural vocabulary when speech is an otherwise ineffective vehicle of communication. Born in 1958 in Natchez, Mississippi, Squire is a professor of architecture at Iowa State University and lives and works in Ames, Iowa.

James Garrett Jr., AIA is a principal with the Saint Paul based architectural firm 4RM+ULA (FORM + Urban Landscaper Articulation), a full-service architecture firm focused on transit design, transit oriented development, and urban-infill redevelopment projects.  Garrett was awarded the AIA Minnesota Young Architect’s Award in 2015. 

The Durades Dialogue honors the actions of arts-advocate Jean Ann Durades. The Dialogue brings significant work by artists, curators, and other creatives of African descent to the attention of Minnesota audiences. Topics are oriented toward global perspectives on the creative arts that challenge, rework, and reposition Africa within the global conversation. 

Co-presented with Obsidian Arts with promotional support from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota. 

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FREE, tickets required. To register, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online at https://tickets.artsmia.org/

Image above: Mitchell Squire, Gladiators, 2013, Mitchell Squire; World House Editions, lithograph, The Barbara S. Longfellow Fund for Works on Paper, 2014.26. ©2013 Mitchell Squire