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Conversations at MOCA: Book Preview & Celebration for “Michael Richards: Are You Down?”

Conversations at moca: book preview & celebration for “michael richards: are you down?”

Portraits of Michael Richards by Becket Logan for The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1996. Courtesy of The Studio Museum in Harlem Archives.
Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 PM

This exciting event is a preview and celebration of the forthcoming monograph Michael Richards: Are You Down?, scheduled for publication in 2022, and co-published by MOCA North Miami and New York Consolidated (N-Y-C).

The public preview brings together Edwidge Danticat—monograph contributor, acclaimed Miami-based author, and MacArthur Fellow—with Camille Crain Drummond—Editorial Director at N-Y-C with particular interest in Michael Richards’ work as a descendant of a Tuskegee Airman.

Danticat and Crain Drummond will discuss the wide-ranging themes in Michael Richards’ dynamic artistic practice, including references to flight, the Tuskegee Airmen, Caribbean, and African American histories, and more.

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Speaker Biographies

Camille Crain Drummond headshot

Camille Crain Drummond is an editor and producer engaging with emergent forms of curatorial practice and publishing. She is Editorial Director at New York Consolidated, where she facilitates the relationship between art and its audience through publication.

Edwidge Danticat headshot by Carl Juste

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Farming of Bones, and Everything Inside. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written seven books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, My Mommy Medicine, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel.  Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a National Book Award finalist in 2007 and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner for autobiography.  She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and a two-time winner of The Story Prize, a 2020 United States Artist fellow, and winner of the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Literature.  

Photo Credit: Carl Juste