Wellesley College to Philadelphia for Black Art Experience

Seven students in my seminar this semester, “From the Bayou to Boston: African American Art and Identity,” are joining me in Philadelphia for the last few days of spring break. I have had a tremendously enriching time exchanging ideas with them about engaging race with visual material, particularly the fine arts. We’re making the rounds in Philadelphia, and I’m hoping that we’ll continue our stimulating conversations during our time in the city. Wellesley students are awesome! Trust.

Faith, Identity, and History: Representations of Christianity in Modern and Contemporary African American Art, A Symposium – http://christianityhistoryart.org/PHL2012.html

This weekend will prove to be an enriching experience for scholars of American Art. I, and my fellow co-chairs, Emily Hage of St. Joseph’s University and James Romaine of Nyack College, began working on this since last spring. There is truly nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of long hours of hard work coming to fruition.

In addition to the symposium on Friday night and all day Saturday, my students and I will receive guided tours of Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the American, Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a walking architectural tour of Philadelphia.

I’ll post pictures and comments over the next few days. Please read, enjoy and share with a friend!

Follow me on Twitter: @nikkigphd. #AfAmArtPhil #Wellesley #Phil

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