The final Art Talk Tuesday is on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Art Talks feature artist talks and discussions at Brand Library & Art Center. Art Talk Tuesday is a monthly conversation that invites contemporary artists to discuss their work and the issues surrounding it, followed by a moderated Q&A with Brand staff member, artist and writer Jennifer Remenchik. The final featured artist is Ray Anthony Barrett.
Ray Anthony Barrett is a visual artist and chef. Since 2018, Barrett’s culinary pop-up CINQVÉ has been devoted to tracing the evolution of Soul Food from California to its West African origins. Barrett calls his food project Cinqué because he is Ray Anthony Barrett V but also as reference to Joseph Cinqué, the West African man who led the 1839 revolt aboard the slave ship Amistad.
Barrett’s experimental film, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” commissioned by Active Cultures, questions the evolution of agricultural and land practices and the impact of dispossession and colonialism on foodways, tracing its roots from white settler colonialism to present day modes of capitalism and overconsumption. Barrett is particularly interested in the contradictions and tensions of American foodways as they pertain to the relationship between Black people and the land they were at once forced to inhabit and indelibly shaped.
Art Talk Tuesday is held in the Brand Library & Art Center Recital Hall, 1601 W. Mountain in Glendale.