Virtual Events Archive
Recordings of Virtual Events
Below are the recordings of the virtual events hosted by the Driskell Center since Fall 2020. While normally held in person, these events were hosted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to enjoy the wide array of virtual events below.
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The Annual Distinguished Lecture Series was established to provide a forum for prominent artists and scholars to educate the public about important issues pertaining to African American art and artists. This event also coincided with the 2022 James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, organized by Howard University.
Julie L. McGee is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Art History, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, at the University of Delaware. She has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Guga S’Thebe Community Arts Centre in Langa (Cape Town), South Africa. With Vuyile C. Voyiya, McGee co-produced the 2003 documentary film The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art. In 2011–2012, she held the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. She was a 2019 Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. researching the American-Dutch artist Sam Middleton (1927–2015) and transnational art history. In collaboration with the High Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art, she curated of David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History (2021). Her extensive scholarship on Driskell includes the monograph David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar (Pomegranate Communications, 2006) curatorial essays, artist interviews, and analyses of Driskell’s curatorial endeavors. McGee is currently the Interim Director of Special Collections and Museums, University of Delaware, Library, Museums and Press.
On October 28, 2021, the Driskell Center hosted the symposium American Landscapes: Nature, Beauty, History, in collaboration with The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The symposium brought together curators and scholars from across the country to discuss African American artists and the American landscape tradition. The speakers included Maggie M. Cao, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Adrienne L. Childs, PhD, Adjunct Curator, The Phillips Collection; Christine Oaklander, PhD, Independent Curator; Jonathan F. Walz, PhD, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art, Columbus Museum, GA. The program began with remarks from Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection, and concluded with Curlee R. Holton, Director, David C. Driskell Center and co-curator of American Landscapes.
On September 9, 2021, Professor Curlee R. Holton, Director of the Driskell Center, gave a tour of the American Landscapes exhibition, discussing several key works of art and their significance both to the exhibition and to the field of American landscape art more broadly.
On April 15, 2021, Professor Curlee R. Holton delivered the 19th Distinguished Annual Lecture in the Visual Arts in Honor of David C. Driskell. The lecture, entitled 'What's Next? David C. Driskell Artist/Scholar/Activist: a model for future role and practices of African American Artists,' reflects on Driskell's career as a model for interdisciplinary, empowered, dedicated artists and scholars to come.
This event also coincided with the James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, organized by Howard University, scheduled for April 16th 2021.
Curlee R. Holton has been the Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center and Artist in Residence at the Department of Art at the University of Maryland since 2012. The David M. and Linda Roth Professor of Art, emeritus, at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, Holton is a printmaker and painter whose work has been exhibited professionally for over twenty-five years in more than thirty one-person shows and over eighty group shows. His exhibitions have been shown in prestigious national and international venues such as the Egypt’s 7th International Biennale, Cairo; the Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC. His work is in many private and public collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, CA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
On March 25, 2021, in conjunction with the exhibition David C. Driskell's Students, the Driskell Center organized a panel consisting of artists and art historians who studied with or were mentored by the late David C. Driskell. Moderated by Professor Curlee R. Holton, the panel consisted of art historians Dr. Adrienne L. Childs and Dr. Tuliza Fleming, as well as Matthew Clay-Robison, Emily Conover, Jefferson Pinder, and Ellington Robinson, who are artists featured in the exhibition.
On February 26, 2021, the Driskell Center presented a panel discussion with artists featured in the David C. Driskell's Students exhibition, moderated by Professor Curlee R. Holton. Artists in attendance included Gloria Brown-Simmons, Janice Darden Frame, Mary Lovelace O'Neal, Adrienne Patel, Karen Powell, Sylvia Snowden, and Lou Stovall. Panelists spoke about their art, memories of their time as a student or mentee of David C. Driskell, and Driskell's impact on their lives and careers.
On February 11, 2021, the Driskell Center hosted the Gallery Tour and Talk for the virtual exhibition David C. Driskell's Students. This event featured remarks from Professor Curlee R. Holton, a discussion of the exhibition's curation and composition from Dorit Yaron, and a short navigational tour from exhibition organizer Aryn Neurock Schriner.
On November 19, 2020, ceramicist Gabriel Reed presented a lecture on David C. Driskell's ceramics, a little known but integral aspect of Driskell's body of work, with remarks from Professor Curlee R. Holton, Director of the David C. Driskell Center, and Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director.
Gabriel Reed is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts. Gabriel is a Kansas City, Missouri-based multidisciplinary artist and philosopher, employing both practice and theory to investigate and (re)imagine the workings of ceramics in contemporary culture. His research focuses on how we are able to understand our fundamental sense of ceramics, an activation of material imagination transfigured through clay and fire.
Through ceramics, photography, drawing, burning and writing, Gabriel seeks to expand the discourse of good clay in art and ecology, encouraging a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how ceramics, imagination, and nature intersect. He is particularly interested in organic firing methods, for their engagement in traditionally situated knowledges of phenomenology and materiality.
Gabriel received his BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and an MFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University, in OH; he is currently serving as Director of Education for Via International.
On October 22, 2020, the Driskell Center hosted the Gallery Tour and Talk with Prof. Curlee R. Holton and Archivist David Conway. Holton and Conway discussed the curation and creation of the Fall 2020 virtual exhibition The David C. Driskell Papers, and Conway provided a thorough tour of the website.