Artist & Curator Conversation: Children of the Sun

April 21, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

View the recording of this event here.

In this live Zoom presentation, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, David Rios Ferreira, and fayemi shakur discuss Mack-Watkins’s exhibit Children of the Sun, on view at BMAC through June 13, 2021. Inspired in part by The Brownies’ Book, a groundbreaking magazine for Black children co-edited by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1920-21, and by the life and legacy of Daisy Turner (1883-1988), a storyteller, poet, and activist from southern Vermont, Children of the Sun celebrates the beauty, importance, and complexity of positive representation of African American children. The exhibit was curated by David Rios Ferreira and includes the poem “just as lovely as the others” by fayemi shakur.


Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Jennifer Mack-Watkins lives and works in New York and New Jersey. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Morris Brown College, her M.A.T. in Art Education from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute. Mack-Watkins’s artwork investigates societal conventions that isolate and confine individuals into predefined identities.

Born in the Bronx and based in New York City, David Rios Ferreira is a visual artist, independent curator, and Director of Public Programs and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, won numerous awards and commissions, and held residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and The Center for Book Arts. Rios Ferreira holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union.

fayemi shakur is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and arts advocate residing in Newark, New Jersey. She currently serves as Arts and Cultural Affairs Director for the City of Newark. She has held appointments as Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University-Newark, Department of Art, Culture, and Media and as an Artist Advisory Council Member for Newark Arts.