Visiting Scholar: Leslie Guy

Wednesday, May 2 , 4:15pm – 7pm
Columbus Building, 280 South Columbus Drive,
Basement FL, Room CO32

Wednesday, May 02, 9:15 p.m.
United States

Title - Inflection Points

Leslie Guy is a museum professional with over 20 years of experience dedicated to work that honors collections and communities.  During her career, she has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to bring audience focused narratives to the fore.   She has held the positions of Chief Curator at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Director of Curatorial Services at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Objects Conservator at  The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Currently,  she is on advisory boards for The UCLA/Getty  Mellon Fellowship Program in Conservation and The AAMP Residency Program for Art and Social Justice which is funded by the Pew Charitable Foundation. 
Ashley M. Freeby is taking the depth of her research conducted throughout the last five years and writing a “thesis”. Using that term lightly, Freeby is pulling stories from her personal journals and combining primary source narratives with her research findings to tell a cohesive story around her art practice. Through the lens of found sources, Freeby investigates the intersections between identity/privilege, authority/authenticity and activism/research in American history. By doing so, she recontextualizes pre-existing documentation and objects to reveal how the histories of injustices against African Americans inform our understanding of American society.
Freeby (b. 1986, rural Pennsylvania) is a second year MFA candidate in the Sculpture Department. She is of the first cohort for The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program. Her solo exhibition include: her solo exhibition PALIMPSEST: Present through Past was showcased at Gallery X, Chicago, IL. In addition, she has participated in group exhibitions, including exhibitions with EXPO Chicago 2017, Sullivan Galleries [Chicago], and Samek Art Museum, PA. BA Bucknell University, 2015.