book cover with black and white image of male figure in black and white

Courtesy Siglio Press

Artist, 2020-21 Hodder Fellow and current Lecturer in Visual Arts Troy Michie will be in conversation with Tina Campt, Visiting Professor in Visual Arts and the Department of Art & Archaeology, about his recently published book, Rock of Eye. Rock of Eye, published by Siglio, is an artist’s book comprised of altered, collaged and drawn source materials, some familiar from Michie’s recent large-scale paintings and collages that center on the Black male body and his series tracing the social history and form of the zoot suit, other source materials open new avenues of investigation. The book includes essays by Tina Campt and Andrea Anderson, an interview by Brent Hayes Edwards, an afterword by Cameron Shaw, and it coincides with Michie’s solo exhibition at the California African American Museum (February 16–September 4, 2022). Michie will be available to sign copies of his book, available for purchase at the event. A reception will follow the event.

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About the Artists

michie seated on stool in studio

Photo by Christian DeFonte

Visual artist Troy Michie was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Shed, the New Museum, the Momentary, the VCU Institute of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast, the New Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. His work is a part of the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Ulster Museum in Belfast. He is the recipient of an Art Matters grant and has participated in residencies at Recess Art, the Skowhegan School of Painting, and the Fine Arts Work Center. As a 2020-21 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, he researched self-fashioning and camouflage theory as a guide to describe the ways in which bodies can become alternately erased and fetishized, made invisible and hyper-visible.




tina in multicolor stripe dress leans against doorframe by bookshelves

Photo courtesy Tina Campt

Tina Campt is Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Campt is a Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art. She leads the Black Visualities Initiative at the Cogut Institute for Humanities and is the founding convenor of the Practicing Refusal Collective and the Sojourner Project. Campt is the author of four books: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University Michigan Press, 2004); Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012); Listening to Images (Duke University Press, 2017), and most recently, A Black Gaze (MIT Press, 2021). She has held faculty positions at the Technical University of Berlin, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Duke University, and Barnard College.

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  • Program in Visual Arts