Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence — Sold Out

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April 13, 2023 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

In conjunction with our special exhibition The Shape of Dreams, we invite you to join us for a lively and engaging session will delve into the major themes of the exhibition and explore the profound connections between contemporary art and Surrealism.

In this panel discussion, we will feature a curated dialogue drawing on ethics, aesthetics, art and technology as we examine the growing role that generative artificial intelligence has in the production of works, including those in the visual and literary arts. As these technologies expand into realms that have been traditionally connected with human creativity, questions arise about their use, their aesthetic value and their impact on human creators. Do these technologies signal the doom of artistic production as we know it, or are they more akin to a better tool for doing the work that creators have always done? Join us to explore these questions and more.

Panel members:
McArthur Freeman II, USF School of Art & Art History
Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, USF Department of Sociology 
Dr. Jessica Williams, USF Philosophy Department
Dr. Hank Hine, The Dalí Museum
Beth Harrison, The Dalí Museum
Moderator: Dr. Kimberly Macuare, The Dalí Museum

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Raymond James Community Room (registration required), with overflow seating available in the Will Raymund Theater. Seating for this event is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend arriving early to secure seating with your group.

This event is sold out.

Beth Harrison

Beth Harrison
Digital Experience Director

Beth manages The Dalí’s digital exhibitions and companion apps. Previously Beth held roles in the emerging tech areas for several cable networks. At HSN, Beth oversaw the development and distribution of interactive video commerce applications. At A&E, The History Channel and Oxygen Media, Beth developed digital experiences for mobile apps, games, and interactive TV.  She joined the Museum in September 2022.

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman is a Tampa native and a sociologist whose work addresses the intimate ways that systems of oppression (racism, sexism, and colorism) are reproduced through the material and affective experiences of Black women and families in Brazil and the United States. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. Dr. Hordge-Freeman’s first book, The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (The University of Texas Press, 2015) received multiple book awards and was the topic of her 2016 TEDx talk. Among other research publications including an edited book, she published a new book, Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoption as Modern Slavery (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Most recently, she and her husband, McArthur Freeman, launched the Imagine_Black_AI Instagram page and organized an art exhibition where they create images that explore Afro-Futurism and representations of Blackness. Dr. Hordge-Freeman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement at the University of South Florida.

Hank Hine

Dr. Hank Hine
Executive Director

As executive director of The Dalí, Dr. Hank Hine has been instrumental in the museum’s initiatives in exhibition, education and visitor experience. Having earned degrees from Stanford University and Brown University, Hine has also been active in research and publication on a variety of topics, including text and image relationships, contemporary art and the opportunities of new media. Previously, Hine was founder and director of Limestone Press and Hine Editions as well as director of the research and publishing institute GraphicStudio at the University of South Florida.  

Kim Macuare

Dr. Kimberly Macuare
Director of Programming / Innovation Labs Co-Director 

Dr. Kimberly Macuare currently serves as director of programming and co-director of Innovation Labs at The Dalí, where she works at the intersection of art and science to promote creativity for both the Dalí and external clients. With degrees from the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University, she has researched and published on a wide array of topics—from the relationship between identity and economics to the role of the arts in creativity. Prior to joining The Dalí, Macuare held both professorial and administrative roles in higher education.  

McArthur Freeman

McArthur Freeman, II is a visual artist and designer whose work explores hybridity and the construction of identity. His works have ranged from surreal narrative paintings and drawings to digitally constructed sculptural objects and animated 3D scenes. He employs a variety of digital technologies, typically associated with film, games, and computer-aided design, to create many of his works. Freeman’s artistic practice frequently involves a unique combination of digital sculpting, 3D scanning, and 3D printing to create digitally fabricated sculptural works and public art. Freeman is also the co-founder of Imagine Blackness, an innovative project that combines AI technology and Black speculative storytelling to explore and reimagine black representation. Together with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Freeman is actively engaged in the complex intersections of race, technology, art, and social intervention. Freeman’s work has been published in Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art and has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo shows. Freeman earned his BFA degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of Florida. He received his MFA from Cornell University, with a concentration in Painting. He also holds a Master of Art and Design from North Carolina State University in Animation and New Media. Freeman is currently an Associate Professor of Video, Animation, and Digital Arts at the University of South Florida where he continues to use digital tools to address traditional processes as he explores hybrid ways of making and thinking about art.

Jessica Williams headshot in front of water

Dr. Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century philosophy, with a focus on questions at the intersection of aesthetics and science. She has published papers on the role of attention in aesthetic experience, on the use of illustrations in early modern science, and on eighteenth-century accounts of genius. She is currently writing a book on Kant’s aesthetic theory. 

Banner Image: Detail of a Dream Tapestry painting Dalí in a Dream, 2023 by Joy Garrett-Douglas