Wednesday 06/02/21 3PM
Tours · Exhibition-Related

Live Virtual Tour with Special Guest Raquel Willis

“Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America”

Cover Image:

Kerry James Marshall, Memento #5, 2003. Acrylic and glitter on unstretched canvas banner, 107 5/8 × 157 1/2 in (274.3 × 396.2 cm). The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee, 2003.24.© Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Media Services. Photo: Jamison Miller.

In honor of Pride this month, writer, activist, and media strategist Raquel Wills joins teaching fellow troizel for a virtual tour and conversation exploring the exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America.” Together, the speakers will discuss selected works in the exhibition in the context of Black queer and trans perspectives, centering their connections to activism, mourning, and creativity.

This program will be presented via Zoom, register for this online program here.

troizel, New Museum Teaching Fellow, leads virtual tours for this exhibition. troizel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where they think about black trans avatars as prophets and agents of future world creation after political apocalypse. they are Managing Editor of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, writer, and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly Black transgender people. Throughout her career, Raquel has held impactful positions, including director of communications for The Ms. Foundation, executive editor of Out magazine, and as a national organizer for Transgender Law Center (TLC).

In 2018, she founded Black Trans Circles, a project of TLC, focused on developing the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest by creating healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma and incubating community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence. During her time at Out, she published the Trans Obituaries Project to highlight the epidemic of violence against trans women of color and developed a community-sourced thirteen-point framework to end the epidemic. This project won a GLAAD Media Award.

Raquel is a thought leader on gender, race, and intersectionality. She’s experienced in online publications, organizing marginalized communities for social change, non-profit media strategy, and public speaking while using digital activism as a major tool of resistance and liberation. Raquel is currently working on her debut memoir detailing her coming of identity and activism.

Accessibility: This program will be live captioned. We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. For full accessibility information, including services available by request, please click here.


New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” can be viewed here.

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