PLEASE NOTE The location of this event has been changed to Bonnie J. Sacerdote Hall in the Uris Center for Education. Enter at 81st Street and Fifth Avenue.
Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University.
Sarah Lewis, Faculty Member of Yale University School.
Zoe S. Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art, Department of Art History and Archaeology
Columbia University. Introduced by Yaëlle Biro, Assistant Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Nell Painter, in conversation with Sarah Lewis, considers the legacy of the first interaction of collectors and taste-makers with African art and African-American artists a century ago. They examine how this hidden history is an essential backdrop for understanding key cultural, social, and political aspects of race in America yesterday and today. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde, on view through September 2, 2013, which highlights New York's reception of African art during the Modernist era.
Nell Irvin Painter, is a leading historian of the United States. In addition to her earned doctorate in history from Harvard University, she has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale. She has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. She is the author of The History of White People, Creating Black Americans and Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol, among many other books. In spring 2012, Dr. Painter was artist-and-scholar in residence in the Department of African American Studies at Yale University.
Image above: Left, Nell Painter; Right, Malvin Gray Johnson (1896-1934), Negro Masks (detail), 1932, oil on canvas, H. x W.: 20 x 18 in. (50.8 x 45.72 cm) With frame: 21 1/4 x 19 3/8. Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia.
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