Performing Race in African American Visual Culture Symposium

Kerry James Marshall Untitled Acrylic on PVC, 2009 Yale University Art Gallery. Purchased with the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund and a gift from Jacqueline L. Bradley, B.A. 1979. © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Based on the understanding that race is an ideology performed on a daily basis, this conference will investigate how and why performances of race are manifested or subverted in African American visual culture. The panels include “Race and Museum Practices,” “Race and Abstraction,” and “Performance in/of Contemporary African American Art.” The symposium will begin with keynote speaker Dr. Richard Powell of Duke University, on Wednesday, September 15th at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. The conference will continue on September 16th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building on the University of Maryland College Park campus.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 – Paid event

Keynote Lecture [event held at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC]

DR. RICHARD J. POWELL, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 – FREE with registration

Symposium [event held at The Benjamin Banneker Room, The Adele H. Stamp Union, University of Maryland, College Park]

8:30   Registration and Coffee

9:00   Welcome

-DR. ROBERT E. STEELE, Executive Director, The David C. Driskell Center

Opening remarks
-JOCK REYNOLDS, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery

9:15    Panel 1: Race and Museum Practices
[Moderator: DR. PAMELA FRANKS, Deputy Director for Collections & Education, Yale University Art Gallery]

-DR. KAREN MARY DAVALOS, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University

-PROF. DAVID C. DRISKELL, Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Maryland

-SARAH LEWIS, Critic of Painting/Printmaking, Yale University

-BELINDA TATE, Director of Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem University

11:15   Question and Answer Session

11:30   Break

11:45   Panel 2: Race and Abstraction
[Moderator: DR. ROBERT E. STEELE]

-DR. JONATHAN BINSTOCK, Senior Vice President and Specialist in Contemporary Art, Citi Family Office Art Advisory Service

-DR. JacQUELINE Francis, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts


1:15   Question and Answer Session

1:30   Lunch

2:30   Panel 3:  Performance in/of Contemporary African American Art
[Moderator: TBD]

-JEFFERSON PINDER, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Maryland

4:00  Question and Answer Session

4:15   Roundtable Discussion: Embodied Curatorial Process

-Representatives from the Embodied Student Curatorial Team

5:00  Exhibition Opening and Reception
Remarks: DR. ROBERT E. STEELE, JOCK REYNOLDS, PROF. DAVID C. DRISKELL and DR. JAMES F. HARRIS, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland

For more information, see the David C. Driskell Center website at or contact the main office at 301.314.2615