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Artist talk with Justin Randolph Thompson

Image of Artist Justin Randolph Thompson and logo for Black History Month Florence with writing of the artist talk details

Join a CROS Thesis event open to students and faculty members at OCAD U, inviting multi media artist and co-founder and director of Black History Month Florence and The Recovery Plan, Justin Randolph Thompson! 

When: Thursday, March 30th, 2023

Time: 4 pm

Location: 115 McCaul St, Room 200


About the Artist:

Justin Randolph Thompson

Justin Randolph Thompson, Author at The Florentine
Justin Randolph Thompson is an artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Based between Italy and the US since 1999, Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of Black histories and cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016. Having realized, coordinated, curated, facilitated and promoted over 300 events and with 8 ongoing research platforms, the initiative has been reframed as a Black cultural center called The Recovery Plan.

Thompson is a recipient of a 2022 Creative Capital Award, a 2020 Italian Council Research Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park amongst others. His work and performances have been exhibited widely in institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and The American Academy in Rome and are part of numerous collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Museo MADRE. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and the arrogance of permanence by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse, social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

To see more of his work visit his website HERE


Other Opportunities:

Join our Historical tour with Justin Randolph Thompson, BIPOC student groups, and OCAD U community members and faculty on March 27! You can find out futher details and how to register here . 

This project is funded and supported by The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project.Call for Students: The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience  Project 2020