Guest Talk: Where We’re From & the Effects of Displacement, with Tia Dorsey and Guests

Panel with closing reception for the eponymous Offit Gallery exhibit

This event is open to all

Jan 30

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Russell Hall 306

Gottesman Libraries 3rd Floor

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Please join us for the closing talk, Where We're From and the Effects of Displacement, with artist Tia Dorsey and panelists, in coordination with the closing of the Offit Gallery exhibit on display through February 17th.

As more carry-outs within the Brooklyn and Washington, DC area are being displaced due to gentrification, how can we begin to help protect and preserve these cultural landmarks in our own neighborhoods? Learn about the ways in which each panelist attempts to do so through their artistic efforts, passion projects, and activism in an intimate conversation about these carry-outs and what it means to define home.


Tia Dorsey

Affiliation: Arts Administration M.A. Candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University

Tia Dorsey is an artist, curator, and photographer from Washington, DC. Dorsey is currently in her second year of her master’s program in arts administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work, including the black & white photography series, “what once was,” focuses on dismantling preconceived notions regarding the presence of black bodies in changing spaces that were originally shaped by and for them. Ultimately, Dorsey aims to protect these spaces through her work, culminating in a master’s thesis that is designed to serve as a call to action for the proper preservation of localized black culture. 

Nayion Perkins

Affiliation: Press Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives 

Nayion Perkins is a designer and digital content strategist from Washington D.C. In 2018, Perkins launched the (202) Capsule through his co-founded brand, “The Pack.” The capsule is a collection of clothing, photography and art that highlights the effects of gentrification and violence on DC’s rich, localized culture—an intersection that Perkins has witnessed first hand as a native. As a designer and content creator, Perkins aims to develop content strategies that will simultaneously help introduce facets of DC culture to non-natives while giving DC natives a chance to celebrate and reminisce on what makes DC’s culture so unique.

Jenée-Daria Strand

Affiliation: Curatorial Assistant, Brooklyn Museum

Jenée-Daria Strand is the Curatorial Assistant for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum where she supports in the research and organization of numerous exhibitions. She has worked on projects examining Black subjectivity through historical precedents, including her first independent co-curation of what once was in August of 2019 (Gloria Gail Gallery, NYC). Jenée-Daria aims to expand her knowledge of art history, and integrate her interests in performative practices, to examine performance within the museum setting. She serves on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and holds a BFA from Florida State University.

This talk is co-sponsored by Student Advocates for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Arts Administration Program.

Where: 306 Russell


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Last Updated: 12:01 pm, Thursday, Jan 23 , 2020