BLACK WOMEN PRESENT THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORKS IN MATERIAL GIRLS EXHIBITION AT REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM
January 25, 2011 (BALTIMORE, MD) — Thirty-eight three-dimensional works of art by eight black women artists will be featured in the special exhibition, Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum from February 12 to October 16, 2011. This exhibition celebrates the traditions of skill, innovation and creativity practiced by black women, both past and present.
Material Girls features an impressive lineup of artists at varying points in their careers including Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, Torkwase Dyson, Maya Freelon Asante, Maren Hassinger, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Joyce J. Scott and Renée Stout. This exhibition highlights the materials they prod, ply and piece together in works that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.
Curated by Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Material Girls explores the intersection of art and craft with works of art made with both traditional mediums—wood, clay, paper and glass—and non-traditional ones—rubber tires, plastic bags, model cars and human hair. Works on view feature intimate, handcrafted beadwork to monumental sculptures with industrial materials weighing over 1,000 pounds.
“The caliber and creativity of these artists is astounding,” notes Dr. Wilkinson. “Their sculptural works have a highly sensory appeal, ranging from the gleaming visual surfaces of hand blown glass to the coarse textures of volcanic stone. A key concern is environmental issues, and many of the artists use recycled materials in their works.”
“This original exhibition is a landmark moment in the museum’s history,” says Executive Director Dr. David Taft Terry. “Material Girls is a contemporary art exhibition that draws on the history of African American material culture. We are delighted to work with such an esteemed group of black women artists.”
The Material Girls 48-page catalogue will be available for $20 in the museum shop during the run of the exhibition
March 26, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free after museum admission.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host a graduate symposium in
conjunction with the exhibition *Anatomy/Academy: Nexus of Art and Science*
In tribute to Philadelphia’s historical importance as a center for the
artistic and anatomical study of the human body, this symposium examines the
body in relation to the material and visual culture of American art,
focusing on how Philadelphia’s dynamic art and science communities fostered
knowledge of the human body from the early nineteenth century to the
In celebration of Black History Month, Southern Cultures permanently has
dedicated a new section of our website to all of our essays and features
from the last decade on AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE. This material
includes interviews with many famous figures (and lesser known ones, too),
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African Americans inside and outside the South. In addition, we’ve also
been presenting featured content on our homepage to commemorate African
American history: an essay from Timothy B. Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign
My Name, who reveals why Martin Luther King’s message endures and what he
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Call for Papers
BEND! Photography, Gender, & the Politics of Representation
An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Princeton University, April 22-23, 2011
The past decade has witnessed widespread institutional and scholarly efforts to historicize the relation between art and feminism, and between art and identity politics. These efforts unfold in a present that is often characterized as “post-gender” and/or “post-racial.” Just as categories of identity seem to lose traction in cultural discourse, so boundaries between artistic media become unfixed. Yet photographic representation is increasingly pervasive, and increasingly bound to the performance of subjectivity.
We welcome submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars in all fields and disciplines. Please submit a CV and 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper by March 1, 2011 to Frances Jacobus-Parker, Elena Peregrina-Salvador, and Mareike Stoll at email@example.com.
A program celebrating the publication
Romare Bearden, American Modernist
Monday, March 14, 2011
East Building Auditorium
Romare Bearden, American Modernist: An Introduction
Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art
Romare Bearden and the Art of the Grotesque
Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Please see announcement for complete program (PDF 470KB).
The publication Romare Bearden, American Modernist will be available in spring 2011 from Gallery Shops.
No RSVP required.
I have pasted below the call for papers for the Third International Maroon Conference, “The Return,” in Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica, June 22-25 2011.
This multidisciplinary conference seeks papers and panels that explore representations of Maroon culture in history, literature, art, music, political theory, cultural studies, film, linguistics, and theatre. With its theme “The Return,” it strives to revisit the roots of Maroon values and practices, considering the ways they have endured, transformed and resonated in the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Europe, the United States and Africa. Offering a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events, the third international Maroon conference aims to increase awareness of Maroon contributions to contemporary societies, bringing together descendents of Maroons with scholars interested in Maroon heritage and indigenous cultures.
The conference cultural events and entertainment will commemorate the Annual Quao Victory Day (June 23), and they are part of a larger effort to develop strategies for sustainable development and wealth creation in Maroon communities.
Please send abstracts by 15 March or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR PAPERS:
SECAC 2011, November 9-12 in Savannah, GA
Revisiting the Civil War:
As sesquicentenntial commemorations of the Civil War unfold, it seems a propitious time to consider what influence the war had on art, artists, and visual culture in the United States. This panel
seeks to broadly consider the impact of the war on representation, patronage, collecting, and the art market both during and after the conflict. Topics may include but are not limited to: explorations of the ways in which artists on both sides of the conflict depicted slavery and the war, the role that photographers and the pictorial press played in presenting the war to American and international audiences, the use of propaganda and the visual culture of the state during the war, the appearance of Civil War imagery in later painting and public monuments, the iconography of post-war sectional identity, and the impact of the war on Northern and Southern fortunes and art patronage.
To participate, please visit: http://www.secollegeart.org/annual-conference.html to complete a call for papers proposal form. Please submit completed forms (including a 200 word max. abstract) and a current c.v. to Akela Reason, Assistant Professor at University of Georgia at email@example.com by April, 20, 2011.