“How to Make a Dress: Domestic Labor, Internationalism, and the Radical Pedagogy of Elizabeth Catlett”

Event time: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
William L. Harkness Hall (WLH ), 309 See map
100 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Calendar Speaker/Performer: 
Christina Heatherton
Event description: 

In “How to Make a Dress,” Christina Heatherton examines the early life of legendary artist, Elizabeth Catlett. Tracing her lesser known path through Chicago’s South Side Community Arts Center and Harlem’s Washington Carver School during the Great Depression, and later, the Taller de Gráphica Popular, a Mexico City based internationalist art collective, Heatherton observes Catlett’s development as a radical artist and teacher. By teaching and learning from Black working class women in the U.S., and by translating their experiences within a global class struggle, Catlett learned to “make a dress,” and in the process, Heatherton argues, she became a revolutionary. This presentation is part of Heatherton’s forthcoming book Making Internationalism: The Color Line, the Class Struggle, and the Mexican Revolution (University of California Press, American Crossroads Series).