David C. Driskell Center

 

DAVID C. DRISKELL CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK

2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

The David C. Driskell Center 2017-2018 academic year program is updated periodically.


Thursday, September 7 through November 17, 2017 - Exhibition

The Last Ten Years: In Focus

The Last Ten Years: In Focus will include highlights from the David C. Driskell Center's acquisitions for the last decade. The Driskell Center routinely exhibits a wide variety of themes and content in its shows, but it very rarely has an opportunity to show off some of the more unique and interesting items from its collections. The Last Ten Years will be an exciting opportunity for UMD and the broader community to sample the breadth and depth of the Driskell Center's art and archival holdings, which have grown by thousands of objects in the last decade. The exhibition will also display material from its archival collections.This exhibition will also serve as an opportunity for both the Driskell Center and its audience to examine questions around collecting, criticism, and legacy as they relate to art.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 5 – 7pm



Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Artist Panel

This artist panel will be held in conjunction with The Last Ten Years: In Focus. The goal of the discussion is to provide an opportunity for our audience to hear directly from some of the artists whose works are included in the exhibition. Among the confirmed participants are: Floyd Coleman; Alonzo Davis; David C. Driskell; Cheryl D. Edwards; Annette Fortt; Martha Jackson Jarvis; Ulysses Marshall; Percy B. Martin; Valerie Maynard; E.J. Montgomery; Preston Sampson; Sylvia Snowden; and Lou Stovall.


Discussion: Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 5-7 PM
RSVP by Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
Please indicate the event's name and the name(s) of the attendee(s).



Thursday, February 1 through May 18, 2018 - Exhibition
PORTRAITS OF WHO WE ARE

There have been relatively few exhibitions featuring self-portraits by African American artists; Portraits of Who We Are has been developed to address the ways in which African American artists portray themselves, their communities, and their culture at large. Self-portraits have become a fashionable staple of artistic practice and have a particular command on our attention as issues such as identity, modernity, and gender are considered within their cultural and historical contexts.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1st, 2018 from 5-7 PM


Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Artist Talk


AMY SHERALD

Amy SheraldThrough her portraits, Amy Sherald explores the ways people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations, offering a critical view of African American cultural history and the representation of the African American body. She is known for using a grayscale palette to paint skin tones as a way of challenging the concept of color-as-race. This event is presented at the David C. Driskell Center in collaboration with The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland’s Department of Art.

 

Please note: This will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be released soon at this link and will be available for free.


ARTIST TALK: Thursday, March 29th beginning at 6:30 PM
Tickets required. Capacity limited.


Thursday, APRIL 5, 2018 – SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN THE VISUAL ARTS IN HONOR OF DAVID C. DRISKELL SERIES


DAVID R. BRIGHAM, PhD.

David R. Brigham, PhD. is President and CEO of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [PAFA] in Philadelphia, the nation’s first museum and first school of fine arts. Brigham joined PAFA in 2007 and was promoted by the Board of Trustees in 2010 to President and CEO. His talk addresses arts and education, training artists for the 21st century, strategies for impacting and diversifying the canon, changing the face of museums, and diversity’s centrality to the mission of our nation’s arts institutions. This lecture will coincide with the beginning of the 29th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium, held at Howard University: 2018’s theme will be “Abstraction: Form, Philosophy, & Innovation.”


RECPTION: Thursday, April 5th beginning at 5PM
LECTURE: Thursday, April 5th at 6PM

RSVP by Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
Please indicate the event's name and the name(s) of the attendee(s).



Saturday, APRIL 28, 2018 – maryland day