David C. Driskell Center




The David C. Driskell Center 2016-2017 academic year program is updated periodically.
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Thursday, September 22 through November 18, 2016 - Exhibition

Willie Cole: On Site

Willie Cole
The Worrier, 2015
37 3/4" x 14 3/4" x 20 3/4"
Loan courtesy of Mr. William C. and Mrs. Beatrice L. Cox
Image courtesy of beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary

Willie Cole is a New Jersey based artist, best known for assembling artifacts from our throwaway culture into iconic artworks. Cole is the 2006 winner of the Driskell Prize, the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history, given annually by High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
The exhibition is curated by Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director, and Professor Curlee R. Holton, Executive Director, at the David C. Driskell Center. It highlights work created by the artist during the last ten years; it features fourteen artworks, including a site specific installation of a 30’ diameter chandelier made of recycled water bottles which will hang from the ceiling. Additionally, the exhibition includes a video installation documenting the creation of the Driskell Center’s chandelier.
Willie Cole: On-Site focuses on works by Cole composed of 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 22, 5 – 7pm

Thursday October 20, 2016 - American Visual Scholars Series

Hank Willis Thomas and Dr. Derek Conrad Murray

Hank Willis Thomas
Opportunity, 2015
Fiberglass, chameleon auto paint finish
30 3/4" x 15 3/4" x 14 3/8"
Loan courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

Moderated by Professor David C. Driskell, this panel discussion will explore the artwork of Hank Willis Thomas, as well as contemporary African American art and issues of identity/ies.

Hank Willis Thomas is a contemporary visual artist, photographer, and arts educator whose primary interests are race, advertising, and popular culture. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana Studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including the International Center of Photography, Galerie Michel Rein in Paris, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others.

Dr. Derek Conrad Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, specializing in the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art, African-American/African Diaspora art and culture, Post-Black art and aesthetics, theoretical approaches to identity and representation, critical issues in art practice, and the methodologies and ethics of Art History and Visual Studies.

Reception: 5:30-6PM
Panel Discussion: starting at 6PM
RSVP by October 14th, 2016 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
Please indicate the event's name and the name(s) of the attendee(s).

Thursday March 2 through Friday, May 19, 2017 - Exhibition

Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze

Beverly McIver
Quiet Stare, 2013
Oil on Canvas
48" x 48"

Professor Curlee R. Holton, Executive Director of the David C, Driskell Center, serves as the primary curator of this exhibition. He is assisted by the Driskell Center’s Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron. It will showcase artwork by leading and emerging African American female artists and highlight how they address the female gaze. Featured artists include Faith Ringgold, Lois Mailou Jones, Betye Saar, Mickalene Thomas, and Chakaia Booker, among others.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5-7PM

Friday, March 3, 2017 - Panel Discussion

A panel discussion will coincide with this exhibition, exploring how African American women artists address the female gaze. This panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Lisa Farrington, Chair of the Department of Arts and Music at John Jay College, NYC. The panel will feature the following scholars:

• Elsa Barkley Brown, Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies and Affiliate Faculty in African American Studies and American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park
• Kirsten Pai Buick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, NM
• Kelli Morgan, Winston & Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
• Deborah Willis, Ph.D. University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, NYC

Panel Discussion: 3-5PM
RSVP by February 28, 2017 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
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FLOYD COLEMAN is an artist and a scholar of African American Art and Art History. He has published on a variety of subjects, including African American murals, Elizabeth Catlett, jazz and the African American artist, and art at historically black colleges and universities. Coleman has also been featured in over 20 solo exhibitions since his first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery in 1963. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art History at Howard University in Washington, DC, and was the organizer of the annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art for over 20 years. Coleman will speak with David C. Driskell about subject matters ranging from the Porter Collection, the legacy of scholarship of African American Art, the legacy of James Porter, and more.

Conversation: 5pm
RSVP by March 24, 2017 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
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THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017 - Lecture
The Sixteenth Annual David C. Driskell Distinguished Lecture in the Visual Arts Series in Honor of David C. Driskell

Thelma Golden - "Curating in Process"

THELMA GOLDEN served as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1988 to 1998, and she has served as the Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City since 2005. Golden is an active guest curator, writer, lecturer, juror, and advisor. This lecture will coincide with the James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, organized by Howard University, scheduled for April 7-9, 2017. The Colloquium’s theme this year is “Interventions, Ruptures and Affirmations: Archival Engagements in African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora.”

Reception: 5-6PM
Lecture: 6pm
RSVP by April 1, 2017 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 - Keynote Lecture on African American Art History

Independent scholar, art historian, and curator Dr. Adrienne Childs will deliver a keynote lecture on African American Art History as part of the 2017 Collector's School. Dr. Childs has written on diverse topics such as Henry O. Tanner in North Africa, Black bodies in Meissen Porcelain, and the prints of David C. Driskell and Margo Humphrey. This event will be free and open to the public with an RSVP.





Reception: 5:30-6PM
Lecture: 6pm
RSVP by April 14, 2017 at driskellcenter@umd.edu or 301.314.2615
Please indicate the event's name and the name(s) of the attendee(s).

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 - SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 - The Second Annual Collector's School at the David C. Driskell Center

Due to the overwhelming success of the First Annual Collector’s School at the David C. Driskell Center in 2016, the Driskell Center is pleased to announce that it will present its Second Annual Collector’s School in April 2017. The purpose of this series is to provide training and education to new and established collectors about the lifetime process of building an art collection. The School will focus on collecting African American art, but the advice and skills presented may be used by anyone interested in collecting art and supporting the arts.

The Collector’s School will be held from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23, 2017 and will focus on the following themes:

• An Introduction to the History of African American Art
• The World of Collecting
• Understanding the Business of Art
• Managing Your Collection
• Deaccessioning and Estate Planning

The cost to participate in the Collector’s School is $300.
Registration is accepted for the full weekend only.
Registration will open to the public on October 16th.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Maryland Day

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