African American Art
The African American Art at VMFA
Karen Getty, Tour Services Coordinator, VMFA
Expand your knowledge of African American culture by examining art in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' collection. This lecture will observe many works by artists who deal with African American life and history as well as art that ranges in time period, style, and subject matter. Gain an understanding of and appreciation for the discipline of African American art.
Civil War to Civil Rights: How African American Artists Engage the Past
Evie Terrono, Associate Professor of Art History, Randolph-Macon College
Through the critical lens of the political, legal, and cultural changes that marked the transition from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights period in the 1960s and 1970s, this presentation will examine depictions of the multifaceted and highly politicized dimensions of “race” and American identity in the artistic production of African American artists. Artists as such as Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis, among many others, will be discussed.
Explore Post-Modern African American Art
Amanda Dalla Villa Adams, Doctoral Student of Art History at VCU
In this discussion of late 20th- through 21st-century African American art from the VMFA’s permanent collection, learn what it means to view art and how can we discover new things when properly looking at a work of art. Our discussion begins with simply looking. Then we will explore influences, such as race, gender, or context, as well as technique and subject matter in the work of Kehinde Wiley, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Allison Saar, Renée Stout, and Robert Pruitt.