Event open to Stanford affiliates only

November 16, 2021 at 5:30pm

Kiyan Williams’ Reaching Towards Warmer Suns, is a public work on view on the grounds of the Anderson Collection, among a grove of oak trees. The piece was originally installed along the banks of the Powhatan River (James River) in Richmond, Virginia, where some of the first enslaved Black people touched land in the new/ruined world. The work is made of soil from the river and emerged from artist and Stanford alum Kiyan Williams’ time along the slave docks of Virginia within the context of the pandemic and protests against on-going anti-Black police violence. Williams explains how the sculpture arose from a need to mark the paths of slavery as sacred, and “memorialize on-going struggles of self-determination for Black people.”

Join us as we welcome the artist in conversation with A-lan Holt, director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford as they speak about Kiyan’s life and work as well as the role of artists as makers, thinkers, and scholars live at the Anderson Collection.

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***Reaching Towards Warmer Suns: Kiyan Williams in Conversation with A-lan Holt. This RSVP does not guarantee you a seat. Please arrive early as this event will be limited to 50 people. Doors open at 5:00pm. RSVP is required. Please note this event is open to Stanford affiliates only; Stanford ID required.***