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Too Black/Ain’t Black Enough, or Stereotype and Truth: Typography in African American periodicals, popular culture, and artists’ books

Too Black/Ain’t Black Enough, or Stereotype and Truth: Typography in African American periodicals, popular culture, and artists’ books
Tia Blassingame

Lecture at SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Tue, Mar 17, 2020
6:00pm–7:30pm

A survey of typography in African American magazines, and media including popular television shows and music that have created an accepted and expected "black" type combined with a look at early African American newspapers and how African American book artists navigate expectations to give their text an "authentic" look.

About Tia Blassingame

Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history, and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, she renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Blassingame holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the International Printmaking Center New York (IPCNY). Her artists' books and prints can be found in library and museum collections around the world including Stanford University, Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tate Britain. Blassingame is an Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College, where she teaches Book Arts, and is the Director of Scripps College Press.