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Sunday, March 1 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Breaking Point: Intergenerational Families SPOTS OPEN

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Breaking Point is a series of live recorded public conversations at the REACH—the new extension campus of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts— that unpacks the present moment of dramatic U.S. demographic and cultural transformation by asserting that a new plurality is not a counternarrative, but the story of our times. The inaugural conversation will feature family, pairing two artists with their artist-parent to discuss the trajectories of their work grounded in their family’s relationship with activism and social change. Kennedy Center’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph will link this intergenerational conversation between guests Hank Willis Thomas, acclaimed conceptual artist and co-founder of For Freedoms; Deborah Willis, photographer, researcher and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; Jamaica Heoli Osorio, poet-activist and scholar of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Māno; and, Jonathan Osorio, a singer-songwriter and Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Pulling forward the notion that the family is our first network, this conversation asks: how can we learn from and teach liberation to those in our community. How are these lessons carried beyond the kitchen table and into the world? Join us as these powerhouse families offer their unique, cross-cultural experience of change led by creativity and heritage.

The Breaking Point series is presented by and will be live-streamed via the Kennedy Center and ArtChangeUS channels. Interactive conversations will engage the audience and featured guests through in-person and virtual Q&A. A recording of each event will be collaboratively produced by the Kennedy Center and ArtChangeUS as a Podcast collection hosted by the Kennedy Center.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Deborah Willis

Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Deborah Willis, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers... Read More →
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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly... Read More →
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Jamaica Heoli Osorio

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ʻUpena... Read More →
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Jonathan Osorio

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio is Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Dr. Osorio received his PhD in History from the University of Hawaiʻi. At Kamakakūokalani, he has developed and taught classes in history, literature, law as culture, music as historical... Read More →
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Bamuthi (Marc Bamuthi Joseph) is a 2017 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and an honoree of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. Joseph’s opera libretto, We Shall Not Be Moved, was named one of 2017’s “Best Classical... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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