Opening session on Day 1 of “American Art in Dialogue with Africa and Its Diaspora.” This two-day symposium examined the role of Africa and its diaspora in the development of art of the United States, from nineteenth-century portraiture to American modernism; from the Harlem Renaissance to the contemporary art world.

Renée Ater, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maryland, College Park.

Tobias Wofford, Assistant Professor of Art History, Santa Clara University, “Feedback: Between American Art and African Art History.”

Ikem Stanley Okoye, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Delaware, ““The Americanist Quandary: Of the History of African Art in the Work of Romare Bearden and Robert Rauschenberg.”

Krista Thompson, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University, “Reframing American Art: An African Diasporic Perspective.”


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