Artist Talk: Chotsani Elaine Dean
Feb 15 2023 | 6 - 7:30pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

multicolored ceramic artpieces displayed on wall

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Join us for a conversation with Chotsani Elaine Dean, artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics, and Yuichiro OnishiProfessor of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies Program, both at the U of M Twin Cities. Moderated Q & A will follow the dialogue. 

Related Exhibition: Dean is a featured artist in the exhibition Ebb/Flow, on view at the Weisman through October 2023.

Dig Deeper: You can hear more about the artist, the exhibition at WAM, and the layered ideas in Dean's work in a recent piece on Minnesota Public Radio: "Heirlooms and communal ancestry: The ceramics of Chotsani Elaine Dean"

Read an interview with Yuichiro Onishi about his research at the intersection of Black thought and struggles and Asian culture and history. He's interested in liberation, the problem of the "color line" (in both Black and Asian critical discourse), and "the question of how to be free and learn to live together in a highly unequal and uneven world where race—a marker of difference and a mechanism of differentiation—dynamically imbricates relations of domination and emancipatory strivings."


Image credit (top): Memory Pieced Strip Sampler Quilt: Trade, Commodity, Exchange & Goods - Trading Post: Exchange and Sojourn exhibition Northern Clay Center (NCECA 2019)


Chotsani Elaine Dean

About the Artist

Chotsani Elaine Dean, b. Hartford, CT, is an artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Minnesota. She received her BFA in ceramics from Hartford Art School and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Dean is coauthor of the book, Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists, Schiffer Publishing. She has been in residence at the John Michael Kohler Artist Residency, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Teaching and Research grant. Dean was the inaugural MJ DO Good resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, held the position of studio manager at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut, and is the recipient of a Connecticut Arts Grant. She has lectured and exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has taught at institutions including Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, and Hartford Art School.

Yuichiro Onishi

About the Speaker

Yuichiro Onishi teaches in the Department of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the author of Transpacific Antiracism (NYU Press 2013) and co-editor of Transpacific Correspondence (Palgrave 2019). He currently chairs the Department of African American & African Studies.

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