Albert Gallatin Lectures Presents:
“A Conversation Between Artist Jayson Musson and Art Historian Huey Copeland”
Art historian Huey Copeland and artist Jayson Musson will discuss Musson’s wide-ranging artistic practice, including his alter ego, the provocative Hennessy Youngman.
Jayson Musson is an artist and critic whose alter ego, Hennessy Youngman, hosts the YouTube series Art Thoughtz. Youngman has been called “Ali G. with an M.F.A.” by Art in America magazine. A former rapper with the Philadelphia-based hip-hop group Plastic Little, Musson satirizes racial and cultural stereotypes as well as pop culture and the insular art world. In Art Thoughtz, he offers irreverent views on such topics as relational aesthetics, Damien Hirst’s dot paintings and the commodification of art. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in New York, London and Philadelphia, among other cities.
Huey Copeland is the director of graduate studies and an associate professor of art history at Northwestern University. He is a regular contributor to Artforum magazine whose scholarship focuses on modern, contemporary and African-American art. Copeland’s forthcoming book, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, highlights the work of artists Renée Green, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson and Fred Wilson.
About the Albert Gallatin Lectures:
The Albert Gallatin Lectures bring a series of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business and academia to New York University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty and members of the wider community. Presented by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Albert Gallatin Lectures reflect the School’s academic philosophy, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration.