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Kerri Schlottman: Tell Me One Thing

 

  • Author Talk

  • Thursday, August 10, 6pm
  • Free for all
  • The Research & Development Store

Kerri Schlottman is a Detroiter turned New Yorker who works to support artists, performers, and writers in creating new projects, most recently at Creative Capital in New York City. Her latest book Tell Me One Thing follows art-photographer Quinn whose photograph of backwoods, 9-year old Lulu smoking a cigarette while sitting on the lap of a trucker launches both into infamy. Decades later Quinn has a retrospective at the Whitney and Lulu finds her photograph in the news. She attends an exhibition talk to ask Quinn, “Why didn’t you help me all those years ago?” Tell Me One Thing is a portrait of two Americas, examining power, privilege, and the sacrifices one is willing to make to succeed. Traveling through the 1980s to the present day, it delves into New York City’s free-for-all grittiness while exposing a neglected slice of the struggling rust belt.

MASS MoCA’s new Research & Development Store (R&D Store) combines gallery and retail space focused on exhibiting, producing, and procuring affordable contemporary artist editions and books of the highest quality. Hosting author events, book and record launches, and intimate performances, the R&D Store’s nimble model of public programming advances and supports MASS MoCA’s creative impact and mission.

About the Author:
Kerri Schlottman is the author of Tell Me One Thing from Regal House Publishing. Her writing has placed second in the Dillydoun International Fiction Prize, been longlisted for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, and was a 2021 University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize semifinalist. For the past 20 years, Kerri has worked to support artists, performers, and writers in creating new projects, most recently at Creative Capital in New York City where she helped fund projects by authors Paul Beatty, Maggie Nelson, Percival Everett, and Jesse Ball.