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David C. Driskell Center’s Living Legacy National Speaking Tour:
David C. Driskell and Curlee R. Holton in Conversation, March 12, 2020, 5:30pm 


Lunder Institute Research Symposium:
Art by African Americans, March 13, 2020, 9:30am to 5:00pm


Organized by the Lunder Institute for American Art and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

On the evening of Thursday, March 12, the Lunder Institute and the Colby Museum will host a conversation between renowned artist and art historian David C. Driskell and Curlee R. Holton, Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Driskell’s artistic practice, groundbreaking scholarship, and lifetime of experience make him a national treasure.

On Friday, March 13, the Lunder Institute is pleased to host presentations by its inaugural Research Fellows and invited speakers. Fellows will share their research on selected artworks at the Colby Museum, including works on loan from the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection, connecting them to important questions in the field regarding African American artists. A roundtable featuring leading academics and curators will comment on the current state and parameters of African American art history and reflect on how and why art by African Americans has been distinguished from the broader field of American art.

Image of Inaugural Lunder Research Fellows

Inaugural LIAA Research Fellows, clockwise from top left: Key Jo Lee, Tess Korobkin, Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Adrienne L. Childs, Rebecca VanDiver, and John Ott.

These events are cosponsored by the Department of Art, American Studies Program, and African-American Studies Program at Colby College. 

Click here to register and view the full schedule of presentations. 

Featured image: David Clyde Driskell, Of Thee I Weep, 1968. Acrylic and collage on fiberboard, 12 x 11 3/4 in. (30 x 30 cm). Colby College Museum of Art purchase from the Jere Abbott Acquisitions Fund. Accession Number: 2018.012.