Feature Articles

January Issue 2002

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Hosts Symposium on Legacy of African American Art

On Jan. 25 & 26, the Gibbes Museum of Art, along with the Avery Research Center of the College of Charleston, will host an educational symposium entitled, African American Arts: Preserving a Cultural Legacy, at the Gibbes in Charleston, SC.

The event is presented in conjunction with the "Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art", on exhibit at the Gibbes, and will promote public awareness of African American artists and an understanding of other cultures and modes of expression. The selected panelists are national scholars and artists, highly knowledgeable in their fields, and will provide the audience with interesting information about African American culture.

The symposium promises to be two days of enlightening discussion of the unique culture that is reflected in the work of African American artists, writers, and performers. The distinguished panelists will address historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the arts as well as considering African American social, political, and cultural development. Dr. Walter O. Evans, a distinguished surgeon and one of the foremost collectors of African American art, will be the keynote speaker, at the opening of the symposium, Jan. 25 at the Gibbes. His discussion will be followed by a reception in the Main Gallery. In addition to Dr. Evans, the other panelists include: art historian and curator, Andrea Barnwell; sculptor, Richard Hunt; curator and photographer, Deborah Willis-Kennedy; musicologist, Sam Floyd; and historian, Amilcar Shabazz. These intriguing speakers will be presented at the opening, and will each speak on Saturday for approximately 40 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

Jan. 25, 2002
7pm - Welcome and introduction of speaker. Keynote address presented by Walter O. Evans, surgeon and collector. Reception and opportunity to view the Walter O. Evans Exhibition of African American Art.

Jan. 26, 2002
8:45am - Registration begins
9:10-10am - Speaker, Andrea Barnwell, Director, Spellman College Museum of Fine Art.
10-10:50am - Speaker, Richard Hunt, sculptor.
10:50-11:10am - Coffee Break
11:10-12:00pm - Speaker, Deborah Willis Kennedy, Professor of photography and imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
12-1pm - Boxed Lunch (additional charge)
1-1:50pm - Speaker, Sam Floyd, Founder and Director of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago.
1:50-2:40pm - Speaker, Amilcar Shabazz, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Alabama.
*This schedule is subject to change

Space is limited and registration is required. The fee for Friday evening's keynote lecture and reception is $15 ($10 for Gibbes members). The Saturday lectures are free. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Watson Smith, Curator of Education at the Gibbes Museum of Art at 843/722-2706 ext. 23.

This program is funded in part by the South Carolina Humanities Council, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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