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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Lectures on Art in the Black Diaspora: What Difference Does Diaspora Make? Art History After Globalization (SEMINAR)

Wed, October 1, 2008 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (JES A232)

Event: The Department of Art and Art History, the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin present a series of visits by Artists and Scholars from the contemporary art world. The series will run from September through November with presentations by Dr. Kobena Mercer , Middlesex University, London; Renee Cox, Photographer; and Beverly McIver, Painter.

Mercer , Cox , and McIver will conduct studio visits with graduate students and present public lectures in the Art and Art History Department. Additionally, Mercer will lead a public seminar at the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. These events are free and open to the public.

When: Public lectures will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays September 30th, October 28th and November 11, respectively.
Seminar will be held from 3 - 5 p.m. on Wednesday October1st

Contact: Michael Ray Charles (512) 471-0901 mrcharles@mail.utexas.edu

Where: Lectures to be held in ART 1.102, Art Building 23rd and San Jacinto streets, ART 1.102
(Seminar to be held) at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

Background: The Lectures on Art in the Black Diaspora series is currently in its fourth year. Its title comes from author Toni Morrison who suggested that it is only in the absolutely specific that one can find the universal. In each of its four years, the series has hosted between two and four artworld professionals, including artists, curators, and scholars, whose artistic, critical, and scholarly work considers how African American art and Art of the Black Diaspora addresses larger human and artistic ideas. It receives support from The College of Fine Art and the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and is presented at the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. This year's participants include Dr. Kobena Mercer, Critic and Historian; Renee Cox, Photographer; and Beverly McIver, Painter. Presentations will take place September through November.

Kobena Mercer writes and teaches on the visual arts of the black diaspora. He is the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, awarded by the Clark Art Institute at Williams College. He has also received fellowships from Cornell University, University of California at Irvine, and the New School University in New York. He was Reader in Art History and Diaspora Studies at Middlesex University, London, and has taught at New York University and University of California at Santa Cruz.
His first book, Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies (1994) opened up new lines of inquiry in art, film and photography. His monographs include studies of James VanDer Zee, Adrian Piper, Isaac Julien, Keith Piper and Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Recent publications include "Post-Colonial Trauerspeil" in The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of Black Audio Film Collective (2007) and "Romare Bearden's Critical Modernism" in Romare Bearden and the Modernist Tradition (forthcoming 2008). He is series editor of Annotating Art's Histories, co-published by MIT and InIVA, whose titles include Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2005), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (2007) and Exiles, Diasporas and Strangers (2008).

Sponsored by: College of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Art History, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts


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