Civil War to Civil Rights: How African American Artists Engage the Past

Civil War to Civil Rights: How African American Artists Engage the Past

Brought to us by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this presentation examines the multifaceted and highly politicized dimensions of “race” and American identity depicted in the artistic productions of African American artists. Our lecturer is Dr. Evie Terrono, Professor of Art History at Randolph-Macon College. Dr. Terrono will introduce us to artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis Thomas, among others.  She will discuss how the transition from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights period in the 1960s and 1970s can be viewed in their works.

The event will be at the Headquarters Library on Thursday, February 9, 7:00-8:00.

Cover to The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970sBefore joining us that evening, check out these books and DVDs about African American artists:

African Americans in the Visual Arts by Steven Otfinoski (eBook)

Art 21:  Art in the Twenty-first Century by Susan Sollins and Susan Dowling (DVD and book)

The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s by James Edward Smethurst (eBook)

Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists by Lisa E. Farrington

Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold’s French Collection and Other Story Quilts by Dan Cameron

Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico by Melanie Anne Herzog

How to Read Contemporary Art: Experiencing the Art of the 21st Century by Michael Wilson

How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness by Darby English

We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold