Narratives of African American Art and Identity...

Re-Envisioning the Diaspora, symposium featuring prominent scholars from across the country, will be held at the University of Maryland on Friday, October 23, in conjunction with the opening of the Narratives of African American Art and Identity exhibition. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lowery Stokes Sims of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will open the symposium with a keynote address. Morning and afternoon panels will present scholarly papers on the historical issues in African American art and current problems in Diaspora. The day's events will be concluded with a separate tribute dinner in honor of David Driskell. The full program appears below.

A Tribute Dinner to honor David Driskell will follow the symposium. Current and former students, colleagues, friends, and family will gather to reminisce and pay tribute to the important role Driskell has had in nurturing the evolution and growth of African American art and culture for the last 45 years. The dinner is by ticket only: $75 per couple or $40 per individual. Space is limited for both events; reservations are due October 15.

For further information and registration contact: Anthony Blasingame
Office of Africa and the Americas
1102 Francis Scott Key
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Tel 301.405.6835
Fax 301.314.9148
email: ablasing@bss2.umd.edu






RE-ENVISIONING THE DIASPORA
a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition
Narratives of African American Art and Identity/The David C. Driskell Collection

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 9 am to 5:30 pm
Art/Sociology Building Room 2203

Sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology
Committee on Africa and the Americas The Art Gallery

9 - 9:20 COFFEE & REGISTRATION
9:25 WELCOME James Harris, Dean
College of Arts and Humanities
9:30 INTRODUCTION Juanita Holland
University of Maryland
9:40 KEYNOTE Lowery Stokes Sims, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Whither African American Art: A Personal Perspective
10:30 BREAK
10:45 PANEL I Historical Context/Visionary Leaders: Reconstructing the Narratives of African American Art and Identity

Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, Howard University, Panel Chair

Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, Independent Curator, Oakland
Grafton Tyler Brown: An African American Painter of the American West

Ann Gibson, University of Delaware
Thelma Johnson Streat: Between Globalism and Localism

Steven L. Jones, Independent Scholar, Philadelphia
A Tradition of Collecting About Art: William Dorsey and David Driskell

12:30 LUNCH, INFORMAL EXHIBITION TOURS, BOOK SIGNING
2:30 PANEL II Current Issues and Problems in Diaspora Scholarship: Art and Cultural Theory in a Global Context

Leslie King-Hammond, Maryland Institute, College of Art
Panel Chair

A. Lynn Bolles, University of Maryland
David Driskell: Sketches of Maine

Alvia J. Wardlaw, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Legacy Continues...Art of the Diaspora from the New Generation

Babatunde Lawal, Virginia Commonwealth University
The Dialectics of Memory and Identity in the Art of the Diaspora

4:15 ENDNOTES David C. Driskell
4:30 DISCUSSION
5:30 RECEPTION
7:00 TRIBUTE DINNER AT THE INN & CONFERENCE CENTER (BY TICKET ONLY)

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