Ruha Benjamin with Rujeko Hockley: Imagination

Mon. Mar 4, 2024 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
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Benjamin examines the power of our imagination to challenge systems of oppression and to create a world in which everyone can thrive.

Book Cover of Imagination: A ManifestoIn-person registration for this event has sold out, but livestream tickets are still available. A limited number of standby tickets will be available on the night of the event.

In her latest book, the social and technology critic Ruha Benjamin insists imagination isn’t a luxury but a vital resource and powerful tool for collective liberation. Imagination: A Manifesto considers how racism, sexism, and classism make hierarchies, exploitation, and violence seem natural and inevitable―but all emerged from the human imagination. Benjamin offers visionary examples and tactics to push beyond the constraints of what we think is possible to reimagine a world we want to live in.

Benjamin speaks with curator Rujeko Hockley about the power of being human and how we can transform society through the choices we make every day.

This March celebrate Women's History Month with the women making history.

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Ruha Benjamin headshotRuha Benjamin is a professor of African American studies and the founder of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab at Princeton University. The author of the Stowe Prize–winning Viral Justice, as well as Race After Technology and People’s Science, Benjamin lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Rujeko Hockley headshotRujeko Hockley is the Arnhold Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She co-curated the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Additional projects at the Whitney include Inheritance (2023), 2 Lizards (2022), Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing (2021), Julie Mehretu (2021), Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (2017) and An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017 (2017). Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she co-curated Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) and was involved in exhibitions highlighting the permanent collection as well as artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, Kehinde Wiley, and others. She is the co-curator of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (2017), which originated at the Brooklyn Museum and travelled to three U.S. venues in 2017-18. She serves on the Boards of Art Matters, Institute For Freedoms, and Museums Moving Forward, as well as the Advisory Board of Recess.



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In-Person | Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue. You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email or use this Gmail template. This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. 

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Ruha Benjamin © Cyndi Shattuck
Rujeko Hockley © Jody Rogac

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Celeste Auditorium (Lower Level) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
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