Exhibition on view September 20 – December 18, 2021.

Opening Discussion
Monday, September 20
Online Program


Artist Tomashi Jackson (SMACT ’12) and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation to mark the opening of Jackson’s new Radcliffe exhibition, Brown II.  The exhibition is on view September 20, 2021–January 15, 2022.

In Brown II, and the exhibition’s accompanying publication, Jackson explores the challenges of implementing the landmark 1954 US Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Her work centers on the subsequent 1955 case (referred to as Brown II) which stated that the effort to desegregate schools in the United States was to be undertaken with “all deliberate speed.” Jackson and Brown-Nagin will consider the Brown II decision and its impact on individual and institutions, as well as the struggles that continue today. They will also discuss Jackson’s research in Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and the collaborative conceptual and artistic processes that Jackson pursued in developing the exhibition.

Jackson combines a vibrant practice in painting and printmaking with archival research in the histories of law, urbanism, and social justice. Brown II offers a series of vibrant portraits of the activists Ruth Batson and Pauli Murray, whose courageous efforts were central to the advancement of Black freedom and civil rights. Jackson drew on source material from the collections of Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which detail Murray’s and Batson’s efforts in the continuous struggle for Black lives.  

Tomashi Jackson, artist
Jackson, born in 1980 in Houston, Texas, lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in New York City. She has had solo museum exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, and another solo exhibition—The Land Claim at the Parrish Art Museum—is on view through November 7, 2021. Her work is in the group show Off the Record at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through September 27, 2021, and was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and other group shows at the Contemporary Art Center, in New Orleans; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; MASS MoCA; and the Moody Center for the Arts. Among many other upcoming exhibitions, in 2022 her work will be included in Working Thought: Art, Labor, and the American Economy at the Carnegie Museum of Art and in What is Left Unspoken,Love at the High Museum of Art.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Harvard University