April 2015 – James Porter Colloquium

Howard Univerity will host its The 26th Annual James A Porter Colloquium on African American Art April 10th and 11th.
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The 26th Annual James A Porter Colloquium on African American Art will be held on April 10-11, 2015 at Howard University in Washington D.C. This year’s topic is “Sheroes and Womanists: An Examination of Feminist(s) Subjectivity in
Modern and Contemporary African American Art.” The colloquium is named in honor of James A. Porter who was a noted art historian, scholar and professor at Howard University. He is credited with being the first art historian to provide extensive scholarly research on African American artists.

The weekend begins with an art exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition is in collaboration with George Mason University, School of Art and Arts Management and Cultural DC group exhibition, curated by George Mason University Fellows and Howard University Art Students. The weekend continues with seminars and lectures, led by some of the most sought after scholars and artists including: Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, PhD, Lisa E. Farrington, PhD, Lorraine O’Grady, Leslie King-Hammond, PhD, Lowery Stokes Sims, PhD and Dr. Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis . Also, a few highlights include lectures on African American Women Sculptors and artist, Lois Mailou Jones . A gala ends the weekend and inclues honorees: Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Juliette Harris, Lorraine O’Grady.

Jessica Stafford Davis

Author: Jessica Stafford Davis

The Agora Culture launched in July, 2013 with a private reception in Mclean, Virginia for Mequitta Ahuja, a world-renowned mixed media artist. Subsequently, she co-curated her first exhibition, “Women as Color Light and Form”, with the Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition was a part of Network Exhibition Sondheim awards for the 2013 Artscape festival, America’s largest free arts festival. Jessica currently serves on the board at The Washington Project of the Arts and the George Mason University School of Art Council.

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