Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid.
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
New York–based artist Kehinde Wiley rose to fame creating portraits of men, starting exclusively with African Americans and following with men from China, Dakar, Lagos, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Israel. Now, Wiley turns to African American women in his new body of work, An Economy of Grace, while continuing his explorations of patronage and art history. In this world-premiere screening, director Jeff Dupre documents the process as Wiley finds models in passersby in New York City, contextualizing them in poses based on those typical of 18th- and 19th-century paintings, and partnering with fashion house Givenchy to create haute-couture gowns for the portraits. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace is a captivating exploration of fashion and culture.
February 19, 2014 at the Reel Artists Film Festival
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