Date: September 10, 1999
Contact: Alicia MacLeay
Phone: (207) 872-3220
On Thursday, September 16, David Driskell, one of the nation's foremost authorities on African-American art, will deliver a lecture at Colby College in Waterville as part of "An Evening with an Artist: David C. Driskell." The 7 p.m. program will be in the Davis Gallery, Colby Museum of Art. A reception will follow. Driskell currently has two exhibits on display at the museum through October 17, "Narratives of African-American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection" and "Echoes: The Art of David C. Driskell."
"Narratives of African-American Art and Identity" documents the contributions made by African Americans to the nation's cultural landscape. The exhibition's 100 works come from Driskell's own 450-piece collection, considered among the finest private African-American art collections in the world. The show includes paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures.
"Echoes" comprises 34 pieces of his own wide-ranging work and is the first retrospective exhibition to cover Driskell's work over the last half century. Driskell has worked in a variety of materials and styles. In addition to painting and collage, his primary media, he works in printmaking, drawing and sculpture. Both exhibitions were organized and are being circulated by the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland at College Park.