David C. Driskell Center




The David C. Driskell Center 2015-2016 academic year program is being updated periodically.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016 – Lecture
Willie Cole
Willie Cole was born in 1955 in Somerville, New Jersey and continues to live and work in that state. He attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1976, and continued his studies at the Art Students League of New York from 1976-79.

Cole is the recipient of many awards, including the David C. Driskell Prize in 2006, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history, established by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

Cole’s work is found in numerous private and public collections and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD; among others.

Reception: 5:30 – 6Pm
Lecture: 6pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016 – Lecture
Jefferson Pinder
Jefferson Pinder, a Chicago-based video/performance artist, seeks to find identity through the most dynamic circumstances. His experimental videos and films feature minimal performances that reference music videos and physical theater. Pinder’s work provides personal and social commentary in accessible and familiar formats. Inspired by soundtracks, he utilizes hypnotic popular music and surreal performances to underscore themes dealing with Afro–Futurism, physical endurance, and blackness.

His work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows, including exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut; and Showroom Mama in Rotterdam, Netherlands, among others. Pinder’s work was featured at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Recognize.”

Jefferson received his B.A. in theater from the University of Maryland and studied at the Asolo Theatre Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. In 2001, Jefferson returned to the University of Maryland to receive his M.F.A. in mixed media. Currently he is an associate professor in the Contemporary Practices department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Reception: 5:30 – 6pm
Lecture: 6pm

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – The Fifteenth Annual David C. Driskell Distinguished Lecture In The Visual Arts Series
Leslie King Hammond, Ph.D
Dr. Leslie King Hammond is the Graduate Dean Emerita and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore. She is also the chair of the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, and an internationally recognized artist, curator, author, and scholar. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Alain Locke International Prize from the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is a frequent presenter on arts and culture. Her most recent exhibitions include the highly acclaimed “Global Africa Project“ and “Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery.”

Reception: 5–6pm
Lecture: 6pm

RSVP by April 4th, 2016 at email: driskellcenter@umd.edu or call 301.314.2615

Spring 2016 – Collector’s School at the David C. Driskell Center
During spring 2016, the David C. Driskell Center will launch a four–part series titled the Collector’s School at the Driskell Center. The purpose of this series is to provide training and education for new collectors about the lifetime process of building an art collection. The school will focus on collecting African American art, however the advice and skills presented may be used by anyone interested in collecting art and supporting the arts. The Collector’s School is being developed with the help of Lynn Sylvester, a Driskell Center Ambassador, with assistance from the Center’s staff. Session topics include: Introduction to the World of Collecting, Understanding the Business of Art, Managing Your Collection, and Deaccessioning and Estate Planning.

Regristration is currently closed, we plan to offer the Collector’s School again in the future.

Willie Cole: On Site

Willie Cole
Buddha Chandelier, 2012
Plastic bottles and galvanized steel
Photo: Joerg Lohse
Image courtesy of Alexander and Bonin,
New York

The exhibition features approximately thirteen artworks and a video and includes a site specific installation of a 30’ diameter chandelier made of recycled water bottles which will hang from the ceiling, five sculptures placed on the floors, and seven three–dimensional works placed on the walls. A video installation which documents the creation and installation of the 30’ chandelier will be included as well. All of the works were created during the last ten years and will focus on two main materials: shoes and recycled water bottles. Both of these materials represent objects we use and discard, and both contain residue of the individuals who used those objects–the shoe keeps the shape, sweat, and smell of the person who wore it while the bottle has the DNA (breath, spit, soul) from the individual.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 22nd 5 – 7pm

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 3/23/2016