Artist Talks

Hemphill Artist Talk with Workingman Collective on Creating Public Art in Liberia

Photo courtesy of HEMPHILL.

Photo courtesy of HEMPHILL


Event: Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Intent and choice can bridge the territory of what exists and what might be. Workingman Collective will be joined by U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Curator, Sarah Tanguy, and Stephanie Beck Cohen, PhD candidate in African Art History at Indiana University. Workingman Collective, Tanguy, and Beck Cohen will present and discuss works from a recent commissioned public art project in Monrovia, Liberia that began with a seed question about the infinite possibility inherent in the act of a handshake.

Examples of Liberian quilts and handmade objects will be available for sale and commission. All proceeds will go towards supporting Liberian artists and craftspeople.

Sarah Tanguy is a curator with ART in Embassies, US Department of State, as well as an independent curator and critic based in Washington, DC. In 2013 Tanguy invited Workingman Collective to create a site-specific and community-engaged project for the United States Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.

Stephanie Beck Cohen is a PhD candidate in African Art History at Indiana University and is a 2013-2014 recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Council on Library and Information Resources Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.

Workingman Collective is a collaborative group of artists and other professionals whose membership, goals and missions change with each project. We are interested in process, invention, chance, and the public.

ART TALKS is an ongoing series of talks with artists, curators, collectors, and experts. Since 1998, the series has presented topics such as collecting for beginners and panel discussions on issues in contemporary art.

This event is concurrent with Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings, on view through December 20, 2014.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday–Saturday: 10am–5pm
  • and by appointment

HEMPHILL is located at 1515 14th Street NW. For more information visit





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