Jennifer A. Ferretti (she/her) is an artist and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College (MICA) of Art on Piscataway Land (Baltimore, Maryland). She is a first-generation American Latina/Mestiza whose librarianship is guided by critical praxis, not neutrality. As MICA alum, her work as a librarian focuses on reframing the conversation around research and information literacy from a non-traditional discipline perspective, exploring non-Western forms of knowledge making and sharing, and emphasizing art is information. Jennifer is also Founder & Principal of We Here™️, a community and business that seeks to support library and archive workers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, created in 2016 in response to the overwhelming and historical legacy of whiteness of library and information science professions.
About Art & The Archive
Art & The Archive, launched Fall 2020, is a conversation series that will explore the role of the archive in the production of art and culture. Featured speakers will include writers, archivists, artists, and researchers who all engage with archives in meaningful ways. Attendees can expect a lively, expansive discussion of how archives unfold in our everyday lives.
This series is sponsored by Decker Library, in collaboration with the Art History and Humanistic Studies Departments.
"What Is the Archive?"
Our inaugural conversation, "What Is the Archive?" took place Tuesday, October 19, 7pm-9pm ET.
Over the past fifty years, the archive has been unpacked, repositioned, and reimagined in contemporary art, literature, theory, and information science. In this conversation we invite two artists, a researcher, and a librarian to explore this very question through the lens of their practice.
This event featured Ashley Minner, Deyane Moses, Jennifer A. Ferretti, and Dr. Mel Lewis in conversation. It was sponsored by Decker Library and co-sponsored by the Art History Department, the Humanistic Studies Department, Strategic Initiatives, and The Space for Creative Black Imagination.