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Panel Discussion: David Driskell 'Icons of Nature and History'

5-6pm EDT

Join an online panel of curators and art historians featuring Julie L. McGee, Thelma Golden, and Richard J. Powell with curator and editor Jessica May as moderator as they discuss the legacy of artist, curator, art historian, and educator David Driskell (1931-2020), who was pivotal for bringing awareness to Black artists.

The conversation centers on seven decades of Driskell’s painterly practice from the 1950s forward, and is timed to the publication of David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History (Rizzoli Electa in association with Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta), and the first posthumous traveling survey of Driskell’s work (currently open at the High before traveling to the Portland Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., and the Cincinnati Museum of Art) that the catalog accompanies.

David Driskell was one of the most revered and boundary-breaking American artists, long recognized for his vibrant and versatile painting and printmaking practice, which combined his sharp observation of American landscapes and his interest in the imagery and aesthetic innovations of the African diaspora. In addition to his work as an artist, he was one of the world’s leading authorities on the history of African American art, known for the landmark 1977 exhibition Two Centuries of Black American Art, which was dedicated to works made exclusively by African American artists in the United States between 1750 and 1950.

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