Creating, Curating, and Studying Black Art

Simone Drake Announcement
Ohio, United States
Subject Fields
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Black History / Studies, Fine Arts

In celebration of the exhibition of Start at Home: Art from the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center Collection at the Ohio State University Department of African American & African Studies, this symposium brings together artists, museum professionals, and scholars of Black art. The two-day event includes artist talks by Alison Saar and Fahamu Pecou; a keynote lecture on museums in the era of Black Power by Dr. Susan Cahan (Temple University); and a talk about “Black Art Futures” by Dr. LeRonn Brooks (Lehman College). Symposium panels will address the history of Black Art in Ohio and beyond, past and current practices of curating and exhibiting Black art, and the practice of Black art as resistance.

Thursday, October 19
All events at the Hale Black Cultural Center, unless otherwise noted

Making Black Art Now
Opening keynote with artist Alison Saar
Introduction by Lawrence Williamson, Jr. Director of the Hale Black Cultural Center
at Urban Arts Space
5 PM-6:30 PM

Friday, October 20
All events at the Hale Black Cultural Center, unless otherwise noted

Continental Breakfast & Chair’s Welcome
8:30 AM-9 AM

Curating and Exhibiting Black Art: Past and Present
with Lawrence Williamson, Jr., Director of Hale Black Cultural Center and curator of their art collection, Deidre Hamler (local curator), and Lucy Mensah from Detroit Institute of Arts
9 AM-10:30 AM 

Black Art in Ohio in the 1960s and 70s
Panel led by Dr. Horace Newsum (H. Ike Okafor-Newsum), Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University
Panelists: Queen Brooks, April Sunami, Bettye Stull, Willis "Bing" Davis, Shirley Bowen
10:30 AM-12 PM

Lunch + Lunch talk by Dr. Susan Cahan (Temple University) on “The Museum in the Age of Black Power" (talk starts at 12:30 PM)
12 PM-1:30 PM 

Art as Resistance
with Melissa Crum, Independent Scholar & Entrepreneur; Simone Drake, The Ohio State University; Nicole Fleetwood, Rutgers University
1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Artist Talk: Fahamu Pecou, visual/performing artist and scholar
3 PM-4 PM

Closing Keynote: LeRonn Broooks (New York University) on Black Art Futures 
at King Arts Complex
5:30 PM 

This symposium is presented by the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University; The Arts Initiative; Urban Arts Space; the Department of African American and African Studies; the Department of History of Art; the Arts and Humanities Discovery Themes; and King Arts Complex.

All events are free and open to the public. Register here.

Contact Information

Professor Simone Drake
The Ohio State University | Department of African American & African Studies


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