David C. Driskell Center

Autobiography/Performance/Identity

A Symposium on African American and African Diasporan Women in the Visual Arts

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Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010

Organized by The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora and the Art Program of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC)


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Margo Humphrey
Lady Luck Says Come Take a Chance
Lithograph, 1985
© Margo Humphery, 2009

 

Autobiography/Performance/Identity will take a close look at some of the themes and issues that black female artists have been engaging over the latter part of the twentieth century. In the past 50 years many black female artists have been drawn to the power of performance art and incorporated the aspects of the performative nature of identity construction into their artistry. Representing the personal, lived experience has also been an integral aspect of the art of women of color. The symposium will address critical issues of performativity and autobiography in the work black female artists from North America, the Caribbean and Africa.  We will hear the voices and experiences of the artists themselves. We will also hear from scholars and curators actively participating in the documentation, analysis and exhibition of art by black women worldwide.

 

Agenda

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010
David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
Her Story: Margo Humphrey Lithographs and Works on Paper with a special performance by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010
University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center Ballroom

Masters of Ceremonies
Adrienne L. Childs, Curator, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Eric Key, Director, Arts Program, University of Maryland University College

9–9:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m.
Welcome
Robert E. Steele, Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Susan C. Aldridge, PhD, President, University of Maryland University College

9:45–10:30 a.m.
The Arts of Healing
Lisa Gail Collins, Vassar College
Respondent: Lynn Bolles, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

10:30–11:15 a.m.
En-Acting “Others”: Exploring Biography in Identity Performance
Cherise Smith, University of Texas at Austin
Respondent: Harriett McNamee, University of Maryland University College

11:15 –11:30 a.m.
Break

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
Lorraine O’Grady, Performance Artist
Introduced by Josephine Withers, Associate Professor of Art History Emerita, University of Maryland, College Park

12:30–2 p.m.
Luncheon

2–2:45 p.m.
The New Negress: Kara Walker Does Josephine Baker
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, University of Pennsylvania
Respondent: Renée Ater, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park

2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Autobiography in the Work of Lalla Essaydi and Senzeni Marasela
Christa Clarke, The Newark Museum
Respondent: Shannen Hill, Department of Art History, University of Maryland, College Park

3:30–3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45–4:30 p.m.
Andrea Chung’s Cutouts: Photography and Rememory in the Caribbean
Krista Thompson, Northwestern University
Respondent: Tosha Grantham, PhD Student, Department of Art History, University of Maryland, College Park

4:30–4:45 p.m.
Introduction to Mind, Body, Spirit: Celebrating Regional Women Artists
Harriet McNamee, University of Maryland University College

4:45–5 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Adrienne L. Childs, Curator, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Eric Key, Director, Arts Program, University of Maryland University College

5–7 p.m.
Symposium Closing Reception
University of Maryland University College
Inn and Conference Center Lower-Level Gallery
Featuring Mind, Body, and Spirit: Celebrating Regional Women Artists

 

 

 

This event is supported by

The Department of Women’s Studies

Visual Literacy Toolbox

The American Studies Department and Program

The Department of Art History and Archaeology

The African American Studies Department

The College of Arts and Humanities

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity

African American/African Diaspora Area Group of the Department of English

The Office of the Associate Provost for Equality and Diversity, UMD

 

For more information, see the David C. Driskell Center website at www.driskellcenter.umd.edu or contact the main office at 301.314.2615

 

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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

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Art Program of the University of Maryland University College

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The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park