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Panel Discussion

Vision & Justice Project and Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
Ava DuVernay, Theaster Gates, Franklin Leonard, Wynton Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 2:30pm EDT

As a central strand of its 2021 programming, Frieze New York will honor the exemplary work of the Vision & Justice Project, which is dedicated to examining the role of art in constructions of citizenship, race, and justice in the United States. Its founder Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, associate professor at Harvard University, will moderate a panel discussion on Black cultural production between musician Wynton Marsalis, director Ava DuVernay, the Black List founder Franklin Leonard, and artists Theaster Gates and Carrie Mae Weems. To attend the event, register at

Left to right, top to bottom: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Ava DuVernay, Franklin Leonard, Theaster Gates, Wynton Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems

Left to right, top to bottom: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Ava DuVernay, Franklin Leonard, Theaster Gates, Wynton Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems

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