David C. Driskell Center

Performing Race in African American Visual Culture Symposium

Wednesday and Thursday, September 15 - 16, 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 Phillips Collection

September 15 - Keynote Lecture at the Philips Collection by : DR. RICHARD J. POWELL, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

September 16 - Symposium, UMCP - FREE with Registration


Kerry James Marshall
Untitled, 2009
Acrylic on PVC
Yale University Art Gallery
Purchased with the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund and a gift from Jacqueline L. Bradley, B.A. 1979. © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


Based on the understanding that race is an ideology performed on a daily basis, this conference will investigate how and why performances of race, mainly African American, are manifested or subverted in American visual culture. The panels include “Race and Museum Practices,” “Race and Abstraction,” and “Performance in/of Contemporary African American Art.” The symposium will begin with keynote speaker Dr. Richard Powell of Duke University, on Wednesday, September 15th at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.  The conference will continue on September 16th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building on the University of Maryland College Park campus.




WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 - Paid event
6:00     Welcome
           - DR. DOROTHY KOSINSKI, Director, The Phillips Collection
           - JOCK REYNOLDS, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery

6:30     Keynote Lecture [event held at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC]
           DR. RICHARD J. POWELL, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History,                 Duke University

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 - FREE with registration
Symposium [event held at The Benjamin Banneker Room, The Adele H. Stamp Union, University of Maryland, College Park]
8:30     Registration and Coffee

9:00     Welcome
            -DR. ROBERT E. STEELE, Executive Director, The David C. Driskell Center
            Opening remarks
            -JOCK REYNOLDS, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery

9:15     Panel 1: Race and Museum Practices
            [Moderator: DR. PAMELA FRANKS, Deputy Director for Collections & Education,             Yale University Art Gallery]
           -PROF. DAVID C. DRISKELL, Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Maryland 
           -DR. KAREN MARY DAVALOS, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Loyola             Marymount University
           -BELINDA TATE, Director of Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem University

10:55   Question and Answer Session

11:15   Break

11:30   Panel 2: Race and Abstraction
           [Moderator: DR. ROBERT E. STEELE]
           -DR. JONATHAN P. BINSTOCK, Senior Advisor, Postwar and Contemporary Art, Art            Advisory & Finance, Citi Private Bank
           -DR. JACQUELINE FRANCIS, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Critical Studies, California            College of the Arts
           -JACK WHITTEN, Artist

12:45   Question and Answer Session

1:00     Lunch

2:00     Panel 3: Performance in/of Contemporary African American Art
            [Moderator: DR. LAURIE FREDERIK MEER, Assistant Professor of Theater,             University of Maryland]
           -JEFFERSON PINDER, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Maryland
           -RENEE STOUT, Artist
           -KEVIN COLE, Artist

3:15     Question and Answer Session

3:30     Break

3:45     Roundtable Discussion: Embodied Curatorial Process
            [Moderators: DR. ROBERT E. STEELE and DR. PAMELA FRANKS]
           -Representatives from the Embodied Student Curatorial Team

4:30     Question and Answer Session

5:00     Exhibition Opening and Reception
           Remarks: DR. ROBERT E. STEELE, JOCK REYNOLDS, PROF. DAVID C.            DRISKELL and DR. JAMES F. HARRIS, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities,            University of Maryland



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