Sonic and Spiritual Durations of Flight in John Dowell’s Paths of Freedom
Join graduate student Tamir Williams for a conversation about the ways in which the immersive soundscape and Afro-spiritual/religious references present in Paths of Freedom allow for some understanding of the temporal dimensions of these historical acts of escape.Tamir Williams (they/them) is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Their research engages issues of wayward time and temporalities, embodiment, race, gender, sexuality, trans studies, crip theory, and disability studies within contemporary art and American Art (mid 19th c. to early 20th c.). Previously, they have held fellowships, internships, and positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Teaching and Learning; the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies; the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; The Library Company of Philadelphia; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). They hold an MA in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in American Studies and French from Middlebury College.