Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency Inaugural Fellow | January 17 - 23, 2023
Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency 2023
Last year, MANCC initiated a new archive residency program in honor of the late Dr. William R. Jones with Maria Bauman, multi-disciplinary artist, artistic director of MBDance, and community organizer, as the inaugural Fellow. Ms. Bauman returns to MANCC to continue her research, delving into the archives about and from the late Dr. William R. Jones.
Dr. William R. Jones, an internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian, and educator taught at Florida State University from 1977–’99 in the Department of Religion and founded FSU’s African American Studies Program in 1977–’78. The idea of this residency program developed during Darrell Jones’ year-long FSU Alumnus Fellow residency at MANCC in 2020-’21. Darrell, a performer, choreographer, tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago and Dr. Jones’ son, spent his time in his year-long residency furthering his archival research around the work of his late father. Darrell’s thinking has been highly influenced by his father’s line of research. While Dr. Jones’ tools were often words and speech, Darrell's are cellular, embodied, and expressed mainly in the physical and three-dimensional world. (See mancc.org/artists/darrell-jones/). This program is intended to provide other dance artists of color with aligned interests access to these singularly important and influential archived materials to inform their creative work as well.
During her second residency, Bauman, along with collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, Rhapsody Stiggers and Embedded Writer/MANCC alumnus jumatatu poe, will further dive into her relationship with Dr. Jones as a former student, questioning and reconsidering her own assumptions about art making and socialization through engaging with Dr. Jones’ extensive collection of archived materials. Bauman again will work in the Special Collections and Archives reading room in Strozier Library, which houses Dr. Jones’ impressive archive, as well as MANCC’s dance studio, moving her practice into new contexts to meet the demands of Dr. Jones’ work. Bauman and her collaborators will continue to analyze Dr. Jones’ concepts in several different directions, highlighting his JOG and JAM tools of analysis (Jones Oppression Grid and Jones Analytic Model) and listening to his lectures and reviewing physical materials. She will also draw on the work of his contemporaries such as James H. Cone, and the depth of knowledge present in Darrell Jones, who was able to visit Bauman and discuss her work during her first residency in July 2022.
As part of Bauman’s creative process, she aims to explore Dr. Jones’ archives more extensively and create a representation of her residency time with his work through a presentation of physical scholarship as part of the January 2023 Dr. William R. Jones Symposium, hosted by FSU’s Special Collections and Archives, College of Fine Arts, and Department of Religion. She also intends to create a ‘zine as a passport into a constellation of thinking that includes images from both residencies and the eventual performance work she’ll be creating, with words crafted by poe and from interviews with Bauman and collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, and Rhapsody Stiggers.
The Dr. William R. Jones Residency at MANCC and the Embedded Writer Program are supported, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.