A Crack in the Hourglass

The Continuing Fight to #Free Renty


Co-Director Marianne Hirsch and Co-Organizer Laura Wexler draw upon their areas of expertise to endorse an amicus brief submitted by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay calling for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their descendant, Tamara Lanier. Their statements of support are presented alongside endorsements by additional scholars.

Dancing Through New York in a Summer of Joy and Grief

Workshop Leader Carina del Valle Schorske describes her experience dancing throughout New York during the summer of 2021, exploring individual and collective joy, grief, and healing. In the process, she traces histories of social dancing and offers a meditation on the complex meaning of dance in the age of social distancing.

The Ladder Up: A Restless History of Washington Heights.

The Museum as Mangrove: How Brigada Puerta de Tierra is Fighting the Gentrification of San Juan.  

Both articles are by workshop leader Carina del Valle Schorske. The first is a personal and historical meditation on Washington Heights, accompanied by photographs by Carlos Rivera. The second is an analytical review of “Museo de Historia y Comunidad de Puerta de Tierra (Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra),” a pop-up Puerto Rican museum, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

 Mapping Covid-19’s Transnational Implications for Women Workers 

In “Mapping Covid-19’s Transnational Implications for Women Workers,” Project Manager Lee Xie analyzes the complex challenges faced by low-wage women of color workers throughout the ongoing pandemic. She outlines the necessity of imagining new cartographies to support solidarity across layered borders.


[ConTactos], edited by Co-Director Diana Taylor and Marcial Godoy-Anativia, features critical reflections by leading theorists, activists, and artists, that engage in meaningful deliberations about the urgencies wrought bare by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These short texts arrest power, expose inequalities and violence, and model alternative proximities for the present and the future.