David C. Driskell Center

 

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

FALL 2014 – SPRING 2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

The David C. Driskell Center 2014-2015 academic year program is being updated periodically;
the events listed below are only a selection from the final list of events.
For additional events, please check again in a few weeks.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – LECTURE 5:30 - 7 PM

ART AND IDENTITY OR ART AND IDENTITIES? CONTEMPORARY
PERSPECTIVES FROM THE AFRICAN ARTIST KINE AW

A lecture presented by artist Kine Aw on her identity as an African artist living between two continents, and on the connection between tradition and modernity as a recurrent theme in her work.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Kine Aw: Contemporary Perspectives presented at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University

 

Reception: 5:00-5:30 PM

 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 –EXHIBITION

Robert Blackbrun, Red Inside, 1972
Wood cut, color, © Robert Blackburn

ROBERT BLACKBURN: PASSAGES

Curated by Deborah Cullen, Director & Chief Curator, The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

The first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of influential artist and master printmaker Robert Hamilton Blackburn (1920-2003): Robert Blackburn: Passages.

Passages features about 90 works by Blackburn and additional 10 works by his contemporaries such as Charles Alston, Will Barnet, Grace Hartigan, Robin Holder, and Norman Lewis.

Blackburn’s “passages” through the modern and contemporary print world are complex and unique, and he is a bridge between the Works Project Administration (WPA) and the “print explosion” of the 1960s.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:00- 7:00 pm

 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 AND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 – ROBERT BLACKBURN SYMPOSIUM
Hosted by the David C. Driskell Center and the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College: “Robert Blackburn and the Modernist Movement in Prints”

Presenters at the symposium (in order of presentations) include:
Judith Brodie, Curator and Head, Department of Modern Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art;
Susan Goldman, Master Printer and owner of Lily Press, in Rockville, MD
Tom Lucas, Owner, Hummingbird Press, Chicago, OL
Prof. Curlee R. Holton, Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center;
Dr. Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University;
Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints & Poster, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress;
Phil Sanders, Director, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop;
Prof. Joshua Shannon, Associate Professor, Contemporary Art History & Theory at the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland;
and Prof. David C. Driskell, artist and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Art at University of Maryland, College Park

 


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 – EXHIBITION

EMANCIPATING THE PAST: KARA WALKER'S TALES OF SLAVERY AND POWER

Kara Walker
African American, 1998
Linoleum cut, © Kara Walker

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, the exhibition will feature Kara Walker, one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today. She is remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, sexuality and the media with which she pursues her studies. Though mainly celebrated for her provocative installations, composed of cut-paper silhouettes, Walker’s work in other media is equally strong and expands on the many powerful themes and questions of her practice.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 5, 2015 5:00- 7:00 pm


ADDITIONAL LECTURES – LECTURES YET TO BE DETERMINED
JORDANA MOORE SAGGESE
The Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art in the Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts and author of Reading Basquiat; her talk about Jean-Michel Basquiat is based on her recent book, released in May 2014, which traces the ways in which Basquiat constructed large parts of his identity—as a black man, as a musician, as a painter, and as a writer—via the manipulation of texts in his own library. The event is organized and cosponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology and The Art Gallery.
Lecture Title:"Is Basquiat Black?"

LYLE ASHTON HARRIS
The artist was the 10th recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Harris’ work exhibits the connections between the personal and political, the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. The artist’s diverse choice of medium ranges from photographic media, collage, installation and performance.

RENÉE ATER
Renée Ater is an Associate Professor of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Art and Director of Academic Programs at the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching focuses on issues of race, gender, and national identity, and public culture, memory, and monument building. In 2008, Professor Ater co-organized with Dr. Adrienne Childs, a national conference entitled New Critical Perspectives on African American Art History. In 2007, she received the Women of Color Award presented by the President’s Commission on Women’s Issues at the University of Maryland.

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015 – MARYLAND DAY

THE GALLERY WILL BE OPEN 11:00PM - 4:00PM




For additional details and updated information about the David C. Driskell Center
Call 301.314.2615, email driskellcenter@umd.edu, or visit www.driskellcenter.umd.edu

Updated 8/13/2014