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John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art: Artists and American Communities, Then and Now

February 8 at 10:30
East Building Auditorium

Dialogues with artists and scholars held in conjunction with Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950.

Registration is free but required; register here. Seating is available on a first-come, first seated basis.

The symposium will be streamed live here.

Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

Keynote Address: Boarding the Voyage
Robin Coste Lewis, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and writer-in-residence, University of Southern California

11:20–11:30 BREAK

Between Myth, Evidence and Propaganda: Comparing Twentieth Century
Approaches to Photographing African American Churches
Melanee C. Harvey, assistant professor, department of art, Howard University

Charles White: Feminist at Midcentury
Kellie Jones, professor, department of art history and archaeology, and faculty fellow, Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University

Chicago and Archibald Motley’s Black Belt
Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University, and Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art

Gordon Parks, the FSA, the OWI, and the Double V

Laura Wexler, professor of American studies, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and film and media studies, affiliate faculty in ethnicity, race, and migration, co-chair, Women’s Faculty Forum, director, The Photographic Memory Workshop, and primary investigator, The Photogrammar Project, Yale University

Moderated by Anjuli J. Lebowitz, exhibition research associate, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

1:00–2:30 BREAK
Devin Allen, artist and 2017 fellow, The Gordon Parks Foundation

Eric Gottesman, artist and co-founder, For Freedoms, and assistant professor of art, Purchase College, State University of New York

Rick Lowe, artist, founder, Project Row Houses, and clinical professor of art, University of Houston

Maséqua Myers, executive director, South Side Community Art Center

3:30–3:40 BREAK

Moderated by Philip Brookman, consulting curator, department of photographs,
National Gallery of Art

Made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

Related Exhibition

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
November 4, 2018 – February 18, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier

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