Lunder Institute Research Symposium: Art by African Americans

Friday, March 13, 2020,
13
Mar

Colby College Museum of Art


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.

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required here.

9:30 am: Welcome, Lee Glazer, Director, Lunder Institute

Introduction, Tanya Sheehan, Distinguished Scholar and Director of Research, Lunder Institute

9:50 am: Research presentations:
• “Norman Lewis, 1946: Heliotrope” – John Ott, James Madison University
• “Turbulent States: Strategies of Crisis Mediation in David Driskell’s 1968 Of Thee I Weep and Soul X” – Rebecca VanDiver, Vanderbilt University

11:00 am: Roundtable: State of the Field
• Tuliza Fleming, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution
• Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts
• Melanee C. Harvey, Howard University
• James Smalls, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
• Moderator: Adrienne L. Childs, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

12:00 pm: Lunch on your own

12:30 pm: Self-guided tour of works by African American artists at the Colby Museum, including objects selected by Lunder Institute Research Fellows

1:45 pm: Research presentations:
• “Local and Littoral: Reflecting on the Landscapes of Edward Mitchell Bannister” – Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Princeton University
• “Bob Thompson, Goya, and the Caprice of Art History” – Adrienne L. Childs, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

3:00 pm: Research presentations:
• “Sculpture’s Touch: Haptic Intimacies in Marion Perkins’s Mother and Child” – Tess Korobkin, University of Maryland, College Park
• “Perceptual Drift: Hank Willis Thomas’s Blow the Man Down and Romare Bearden’s Cotton” – Key Jo Lee, Cleveland Museum of Art

4:30 pm: Closing Remarks by Tanya Sheehan

5:00 pm: Reception, Grossman Hall Lobby

Direct questions to Tanya Sheehan, Distinguished Scholar and Director of Research, tsheehan@colby.edu.

These events are cohosted by the Lunder Institute for American Art and the Colby College Museum of Art, with sponsorship from the Department of Art, American Studies Program, and African-American Studies Program at Colby College.


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