Conversations: Michael in Black with Lauren Mackler, Mark Leckey and Nicole Miller - Camden Art Centre

A recording of the talk between Nicole Miller, Lauren Mackler and Mark Leckey to mark the publication of Michael in Black by Nicole Miller (2022) - a monograph of Miller's work explored through the lens of Michael in Black (2018).

The conversation explores themes and processes in making this single sculptural work and the expansive in-depth editorial approach to the publication.
Michael in Black was co-published by Public Fiction and CARA. It is available to purchase here.


Nicole Miller lives and works in California, where she is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum, the Ulrich Museum of Art, MoCA Tuscon, Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, among others. Miller’s work is in the collections of museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Miller has been the recipient of several grants, prizes, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), the Rome Prize (2016), the William H. Johnson Prize (2015),and many others. Nicole Miller: A Sound, a Signal, the Circus, a site-specific, immersive installation that explores and expands an understanding of synesthesia as it relates to the Black experience in the United States, is currently on view through July 25, 2022, at the Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mark Leckey was born in Birkenhead, UK, 1964 and lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include Cabinet, London (2022), ‘O’ Magic Power of Bleakness’,Tate Britain, London (2021), ‘He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts’, Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2017), ‘Containers and Their Drivers’, MoMA PS1, New York (2016), ‘We Transfer’, Secession,Vienna (2015), ‘UniAddDumThs’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2015), ‘AS If ’, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015), ‘Lending Enchantment to Vulgar Materials’, Museo MADRE, Naples (2015) and ‘On Pleasure Bent’, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013).

Public Fiction is a project space and journal based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2010 by Lauren Mackler and featuring a rotating cast of collaborators, Public Fiction has staged exhibitions and publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Church of the Holy Shroud in Turin, Italy; the Berkeley Museum of Art; Frieze Projects New York; the Hammer Museum; the MAK Center for Art and Architecture’s Schindler House; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Public Fiction’s program presents a series of exhibitions on a theme, each theme lasting three months and culminating in a journal. Related talks, screenings, secretrestaurants, and performances are held within the installations and around the topic at hand. Public Fiction’s program is intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and treatsthe exhibition as a medium in itself. Each publication, emerging from the exhibitions and in dialogue with its subjects, acts as another exhibition on the page and comprises newly commissioned writing alongside republished pieces and artworks made for the page. While past issues of the Public Fiction journal have aggregated an interdisciplinary cast of contributors around a theme, this eleventh issue focuses on a single work of sculpture: Michael in Black (2018) by artist Nicole Miller.

The Centre for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA) is an emergent arts non-profit, research centre, and publisher. CARA aims to expand public discourses and historical records to reflect art’s abundant pasts, presents, and futures. The Centre will be a space for reflection, unlearning, kinship, and care. Central to CARA’s mission are collaborations with artists, artist estates, curators, researchers, oral historians, collectives, and other organizations.