From the Bulletin
African American art is a rich and complex field of representation that remains underrepresented and understudied, despite being essential to the comprehensive understanding of art history in the United States and beyond. In recent years the National Gallery of Art has endeavored to bring focus to this vital tradition through collecting, research, and programming across its various departments, including the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. An article by Dean Elizabeth Cropper in the fall 2018 Bulletin outlines the framework and objectives of CASVA’s new initiatives in African American art. Over a five-year period, this series of initiatives in the Center’s programs of fellowships, meetings, research, and publications will evolve to establish a wide-ranging and enduring commitment to the advanced study of this dynamic field.