How does structural economic change look and feel? How are such changes normalized? Who represents hope? Who are the cautionary tales? Please join us for a discussion with two eminent cultural critics of the changing nature of work and capitalism between the 1980s and 2016 through the prism of Detroit and of works by and about African Americans.
Hamera’s Unfinished Business argues that U.S. deindustrialization cannot be understood apart from issues of race, and specifically apart from images of African Americans that represent or resist normative or aberrant relationships to work and capital in transitional times. It insists that Michael Jackson's performances and coverage of his life, plays featuring Detroit, plans for the city's postindustrial revitalization, and Detroit installations The Heidelberg Project and Mobile Homestead have something valuable to teach us about three decades of structural economic transition in the U.S. Jackson and Detroit offer examples of