SYMP: Faith, Identity, and History: Representations of Christianity in Modern and Contemporary African American Art

Faith, Identity, and History: Representations of Christianity in Modern and Contemporary African American Art

Although sometimes overlooked, Christian symbols, themes, and narratives have been employed in complex and divergent ways in works of art by African Americans. Coinciding with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ exhibition, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit, this symposium focuses on intersections of faith, identity, and history in a broad range of works created by modern and contemporary African American artists. Scholarly papers explore artists’ uses of Christian symbols, themes, and motifs relating to issues of family and community and to the negotiation of race and class.

Friday March 23, 2012
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday March 24, 2012
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

symposium schedule: http://christianityhistoryart.org/PHL2012.html

Early Registration (received before March 14) $55
Late/Day of Registration $65
Students with valid Institutional ID $45
Registration at http://christianityhistoryart.org

Symposium co-chairs: Nikki A. Greene, Emily Hage, James Romaine

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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