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Nava Atlas and Clarissa Sligh in Conversation

Sligh self portrait 2000

Nava Atlas (BFA 1977) and Clarissa Sligh will discuss how they have explored their own experiences of race, gender, and identity through book arts at Duke University, Mar. 25.

Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Perkins Library, Room 318 (Rubenstein Library Classroom)
Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University 

The book form can become a vehicle for personal histories and obsessions. Please join us for a discussion of how Sligh and Atlas have explored their own experiences of race, gender, and identity through book arts.

Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, writer, and lecturer. When she was 15 years old she became the lead plaintiff in the 1955 school desegregation case in Virginia. After working in math and science with NASA and later in business, she began a career as an artist, using photographs, drawings, text, and personal stories to explore themes of transformation and social justice. Nava Atlas is known both as a vegetarian cookbook author and as a fine artist. Her artists’ books engage images, text, and structure to explore themes of social justice and women’s roles. Many of her works reappropriate found materials and challenge the language and images used to reinforce gender roles and stereotypes. Both artists have placed their papers at the Bingham Center.