David C. Driskell Center




The David C. Driskell Center 2014-2015 academic year program is being updated periodically.
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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

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Lecture
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.

Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Lecture: 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Panel Discussion: "Emancipating the Past: Unchain the Future"
The panel will explore Kara Walker’s imagery as a point of departure for discussing issues of slavery, race, sexuality, violence, and gender, among others.

Moderator: Dr. Michele Wallace, author and Professor of English at City College of New York
Among the Speakers are: Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Maryland, College ParkLa Marr Jurelle Bruce, Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, College ParkCurlee R. Holton, Executive Director, David C. Driskell Center, and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Department of Art, University of Maryland, College ParkPaul Landau, Professor of History, University of Maryland, College ParkSchwanda Rountree, Attorney, Art Collector, and Art Consultant, Washington, DC

Panel discussion: 3-6PM
Reception: 6PM

RSVP at email: driskellcenter@umd.edu or call 301.314.2615 after February 5, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – The Fourteenth Annual David C. Driskell Distinguished Lecture In The Visual Arts Series
Deborah Willis, Ph.D
Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. Professor Willis has just received the honored educator award at the Society for Photographic Education.

Reception: 5–6pm
Lecture: 6pm

RSVP at email: driskellcenter@umd.edu or call 301.314.2615

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 11AM - 4PM

For additional details and updated information about the David C. Driskell Center
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Updated 1/9/2015