Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Symposium)
Join UNT College of Visual Art and Design, the Greater Denton Arts Council and TWU Department of Visual Arts on Saturday, February 3rd for a viewing party streaming Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power Symposium presented by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The Symposium celebrates the opening of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. This full-day program at UNT features a livestream from exhibition artists and curators who will provide an insightful round of conversation reflecting on art, politics, music, and community in the age of Black Power.
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University of North Texas
Art Building, Rm 223
1201 W. Mulberry St.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
- 9:30am Coffee and Hypnotic Donuts
- 9:45am Welcoming Remarks
- 10:00-10:30am Opening Discussion with Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley
Tate Modern curators Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley will kick off the symposium with a quick look into Tate’s organization of the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The conversation will feature insights into the formation of the exhibition, working with the artists, and some of the public responses.
- 10:30-11:15am Conversation with Betye Saar and Alison Saar
Moderated by Lauren Haynes
In this opening conversation, artist Betye Saar will discuss her life, work, and legacy with her daughter, artist Alison Saar. The discussion will spotlight Saar’s works included in the show, such as The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, as well as touch on the relationship of mother and daughter artists and two generations of work.
- 11:15am–12:00pm Panel Discussion: AfriCOBRA: A Conversation with Jae Jarrell and Wadsworth Jarrell, Carolyn Lawrence, and Gerald Williams
Moderated by Romi Crawford
Founding AfriCOBRA artists Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Carolyn Lawrence, and Gerald Williams will discuss the formation of the 1968 artist collective in Chicago, share their artistic philosophy of the Black aesthetic, and talk about the artworks included in the exhibition.
- 12:00–1:00pm Lunch (pizza will be provided to all participants)
- 2:45–3:30pm Artist Conversation: Melvin Edwards and William T. Williams
With Lauren Haynes
Artists Melvin Edwards and William T. Williams are joined in conversation with Curator Lauren Haynes for a discussion beginning with their work in the artist collective Smokehouse Associates, their projects following, and their current work today.
- 3:45–4:30pm Panel Discussion: Role of Artists in Education: A Conversation with Randy Williams, Dana Chandler, and William T. Williams
Moderated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont
As both educators and artists, Randy Williams, Dana Chandler, and William T. Williams will reflect on the methods of presenting the visual arts in universities, schools, museums, and communities.
- 4:30–5:00pm Artist Conversation: Lorraine O’Grady
With Zoe Whitley
In the closing panel, Lorraine O'Grady is joined in conversation with Tate curator Zoe Whitley for a discussion revealing insights into the complete arc of the Mlle. Bourgeoise Noire persona. O’Grady will discuss the compelling and critical contexts in which she developed her singular strategies for artmaking.
Contact Lauren Lake, UNT Studio Art Chair
This is a livestream broadcast of the symposium taking place at Crystal Bridges. Attendees are welcome to come and go throughout the day - you do not need a ticket to attend.
Header image: Carolyn Lawrence, Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free (detail), 1972, acrylic paint on canvas, 49 x 51 x 2 in. Carolyn Mims Lawrence.