Department of African American and African Studies Symposium on Creating, Curating, and Studying Black Art

September 18, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:00pm
Urban Arts Space, Hale Black Cultural Center, King Arts Complex
Start at Home

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted
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In celebration of the exhibition of Start at Home: Art from the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center Collection, 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
Reception to follow Keynote
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 the Hale Black Cultural Center art collection, Deidre Hamlar (independent 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, Willis "Bing" Davis, Shirley Bowen
10:30 AM-12 PM

Lunch + talk by Dr. Susan Cahan (Temple University) on “The Museum in the Age of Black Power" 
12 PM-1:30 PM (talk starts at 12:30 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 Brooks (Lehman College) on Black Art Futures
Reception to follow Keynote
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.

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