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Gallery Talk · Exhibition-Related

Out of Bounds: Zakiya Collier on “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces”

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Exhibition view: “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces,” 2022. New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni

“I always feel like the margins tell you more than the center of the page ever could.” —Marcia Tucker, Museum Founder

Out of Bounds is a new series of gallery-based talks, readings, performances, and more that seeks to expand the ways we think about what’s on display in the New Museum galleries. Bringing together artists, specialists, and workers from fields beyond the art world, these engagements expand on themes found in the artworks and exhibitions on view.

For this Out of Bounds gallery talk, join Zakiya Collier, independent archivist and memory worker, for a conversation about archival practices featured in “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces.” As Gates’s survey exhibition explores new modes of appreciating and sharing collective knowledge, Collier will facilitate a dialogue about the survival of community memory through collective archiving practices and the gravity of being entrusted with materials that hold the stories of our loved ones. While examining differences between keeping and holding ancestral and contemporary memories, participants will have an opportunity to share stories about their own collections and co-create strategies to care for their objects and to honor the beauty of the lives therein.

The Out of Bounds series is organized by Austin D Bowes, Assistant Operations Specialist, and Jasmin Tabatabaee, Assistant Education Specialist.


This event has reached capacity.
A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open at 11:45 p.m. on January 21.

The program will be presented onsite at the New Museum. Vaccination and masks are strongly recommended, but not required. Please review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.


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About the Speaker

Zakiya Collier (b. 1994, Hickory, NC, USA; she/they) is a Black, queer archivist and memory worker based in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of six, Collier began stewarding a collection of photographs, certificates, artworks, and mementos to document her life and the lives of her loved ones. She is a member of Shift Collective where she helps communities develop cultural memory practices and design sustainable programs to autonomously preserve and share their own stories. Collier’s recent work includes serving as the first Digital Archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Project Archivist at Weeksville Heritage Center, Archivist for artist Marilyn Nance, and Co-Editor of The Black Scholar’s special double issue on Black Archival Practice. She is a recipient of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar’s Diverse Voices Fellowship; the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York’s Educational Use of Archives Award for her work on #SchomburgSyllabus; an Archival Achievement Award, for “Linking Lost Jazz Shrines”; and an Equity-in-Action Grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council.


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

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support for “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” can be viewed here.

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