Join us for the 33rd annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora, which builds on Dr. James A. Porter’s pioneering work to nurture the scholarly study, appreciation, and celebration of African American art.
Opening Remarks, 10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Steven Nelson, dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
Phylicia Rashad, dean, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, Howard University
Raimi Gbadamosi, chair, department of art, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, Howard University
Program moderated by Melanee C. Harvey, associate professor of art history and chair of the James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University
Opening Lecture, 10:30–11:00 a.m.
“Unknown, Unknown: A Provisional Architecture of Black Commemoration”
Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy and George E Rupp professor of architecture, planning, and preservation and professor in African American and African Diaspora studies, Columbia University
Building the Change We Seek: Art and Architecture, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Panel moderated by Sandy Bellamy, lecturer, Howard University
Curtis Clay, director of architecture, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, US Department of State
Ronnie McGhee, College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, and lecturer, department of architecture, Howard University
Nea Maloo, lecturer, department of architecture, Howard University
UZIKEE: Washington DC’s African Ancestral Sculptor, 12:00–12:30 p.m.
A partial screening of the documentary directed and produced by Doug Harris, 2021
Uzikee Nelson, artist and Porter Colloquium lifetime achievement award recipient
Shaping Space: A Conversation with Keith Morrison, 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Keith Morrison, artist and Porter Colloquium lifetime achievement award recipient, in conversation with Camille Brown, assistant curator, The Phillips Collection
Keynote Artist Program with Melvin Edwards, 2:30–3:00 p.m.
Melvin Edwards, artist and lifetime achievement award recipient, in conversation with Tobias Wofford, associate professor of art history, Virginia Commonwealth University
James A. Porter Distinguished Lecture, 3:00–3:45 p.m.
“Public Art as Community Praxis”
Renée Ater, provost visiting associate professor, Africana studies, Brown University
Floyd Coleman Distinguished Artist Conversation with Martha Jackson Jarvis, 3:45–4:15 p.m.
Martha Jackson Jarvis, artist and Porter Colloquium lifetime achievement award recipient, in conversation with Njena Jarvis, artist
33rd Annual James A. Porter Colloquium
This year’s James A. Porter Colloquium, April 13–15, is copresented by Howard University’s department of art, the Howard University Gallery of Art, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at University of Maryland, College Park.