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Two Centuries of Black American Art: A 35th Anniversary Roundtable at LACMA

Two Centuries of Black American Art: A 35th Anniversary Roundtable
Saturday, May 14 | 2:00 pm
In 1976, LACMA presented an exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, one of the first museum exhibitions recognizing the importance of African-American artists and their significant contributions to artistic practice over the previous two centuries. David Driskell, professor emeritus, University [...]

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Current Research in American Art symposium

Just a reminder…please save the date for the “Current Research in American Art” symposium at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, Oct. 8-9, 2010.  There will be 31 exciting papers in 8, non-concurrent sessions: Visual Culture, Colonial/17th-18th c., 19th c., 20th c. to 1970, Sculpture, Ethnicity/Race, Photography and Other Multiples, Folk/Outsider/Self-taught Art.
Michael Harris, Assoc. Prof. at [...]

Save the Date Driskell Center Fall Symposium

“Performing Race in African American Visual Culture”
Wednesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 16, 2010
Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University
Lecture will be held at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC,
Wednesday, September 15
Followed by the second day of the symposium at the Adele H. Stamp [...]

“Is Photography Over?”

Notes on the recent symposium at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are available online. It’s always disappointing with broad discussions like this that there are no African-American curators, writers, or photographers represented (granted, I do not know who George Baker is), though hardly surprising, especially in San Francisco. The exclusion can’t help but [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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