Finding Louise E. Jefferson
Past Lecture

Finding Louise E. Jefferson

Finding Louise E. Jefferson
May 14, 2021 | 5 pm CEST | with Tasheka Arceneux-Sutton, artist, educator, designer, and researcher


This lecture is centered around the life and works of Louise E. Jefferson, a polymath Black artist, graphic designer, calligrapher, illustrator and photographer, whose significant contributions to American visual culture are still largely unknown. More than sharing research findings and biographical notes, this presentation aims to provide insights into “chasing images”—that is to say, researching history as a graphic designer. Taking participants in a metaphorical road trip through the meandering paths of discovery, Tasheka will lead us from her first encounter with the works of Louise E. Jefferson, to opening the box with her archived works at The Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, and beyond.

Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton is an educator, image-maker, graphic designer and researcher. Originally from New Orleans, Tasheka has a BA in English with a minor in Graphic Design from Loyola University, and an MFA in graphic design from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In graduate school, Tasheka discovered her true voice as a graphic designer, where she experimented with typography and publication design, and investigated the authenticity of the visual language that is associated with African American pop culture, and the history of black graphic designers. Tasheka runs her studio BlacVoice, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Southeastern Louisiana University where she teaches graphic design, typography, motion design and internet design. She is also co-founder of the online program BIPOC Design History. Her work has been included in group exhibitions: Mentors Centennial (New Orleans), How A Book Is Made (New Orleans), The Department of Fine and Performing Arts Faculty (Hammond, LA), Joie De Vivre: A Meditation in New Orleans, Katrina & The U.S. (Chicago), Re:GardingValencia (Valencia, CA), Boomerang (New Orleans), and Eclectica (New Orleans).

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