not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today
Titled after a poem by Fred Moten, “not but nothing other: African-American Portrayals, 1930 to Today” presents depictions of and by Black Americans, providing a wide-ranging survey of how artists over the last eighty years have responded to the challenge of picturing African-American selfhood.
Key eras of creative production—the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, as well as our present moment—are represented by artworks drawn from four prominent US public collections: the Art Bridges Foundation; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and the Fisk University Galleries.
From portraits to re-imaginings of historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, from realistic renderings to conceptual experiments, these works evidence the ongoing struggle to affirm Black identity within an America marked since its founding by the legacy of slavery, segregation, and racial discrimination.
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This exhibition was organized by Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History. Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Featuring a poetry reading by local resident Brenda Cave-James
PhD Candidate Nicole Wagner received the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for 2018. She was funded to perform archival research in Venice, Italy for eight months. Most of her research was in the State Archives of Venice, for the third chapter of my dissertation on female gamblers, namely sex-workers, in early modern Venice, and the rise of the ridotto as a space for card play. Her dissertation title is “Women Working the Table: The Material Culture, Gendered Spaces, and Visual Representations of Female Card Players in Early Modern Italy.”
From July 1 to 12, 2019 Jeffrey C. Youn, currently a Junior Researcher at Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies under Fulbright Fellowship, will attend the 13th Kyujanggak Korean Studies Summer Workshop and the 7th HanmunWorkshop organized by the International Center for Korean Studies at Kyujanggak. Both workshops aim to give graduate students in Korean studies or Korea-related subjects an opportunity to further their understanding of research trends in various fields of Korean studies, and to improve their reading comprehension of classical hanmun texts.
Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi (PhD, 2013) publishes the Visual Is Political: Feminist Photography and Countercultural Activity in 1970s Britain (Rutgers University Press). For more information: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/the-visual-is-political/9781978800311
The Art History department congratulates this year’s graduating BA students!
Erin Livingston (honors)
Lauren Rachel Poretsky