Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency Inaugural Fellow | July 5 - 16, 2022
Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency
MANCC welcomed 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.
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 new 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 yearlong 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; where 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 new 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 12-day residency Bauman, along with her three collaborators and Embedded Writer/MANCC alumnus jumatatu poe, reviewed 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 worked 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 took Dr. Jones’ concepts into several different directions, highlighting his JOG and JAM tools of analysis (Jones Oppression Grid and Jones Analytic Model), listening to his lectures and reviewing physical materials, also drawing on both 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 this residency.
As part of Bauman’s creative process, she aims to create a representation of her residency time with Dr. Jones’ 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 this residency and the eventual performance work she’ll be creating, with words crafted by poe and from interviews with collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, and Rhapsody Stiggers.
The Dr. William R. Jones Residency at MANCC and the Embedded Writer Program is supported, in part, by The Mellon Foundation.