Romi Crawford's research revolves primarily around formations of racial and gendered identity and the relation to American visual arts, film, and popular culture. Crawford (Ph.D) is Associate Professor in the departments of Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent curatorial projects include The Wall of Respect; Vestiges, Shards, and the Legacy of Black Power, at The Chicago Cultural Center and Radical Relations!: Memory, Objects and the Generation of the Political, at The University of Chicago Center for Gender Studies. She makes regular contributions to publications on contemporary art and American culture; including, Theaster Gates, Black Archive (Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2017) and “Do For Self: The AACM and the Chicago Style” in Support Networks (University of Chicago Press, 2014). She is co-author (with Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach) of The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago (Northwestern University Press, 2017). In 2016, she founded the Museum of Vernacular Arts, a project based platform for art forms that are part of everyday experience. This lecture is titled Out there: Research, Art Making, and Politics at the Edge. During her lecture, Crawford will discuss her work on the Radical Relations!: Memory, Objects and the Generation of the Political exhibition, which explored black liberation politics on the South Side of Chicago from 1967-2017.