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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Symposium / African Art, Modernist Photography, and the Politics of Representation

Friday, November 13, 5 pm, The University of Maryland, College Park
Saturday, November 14, 10 am to 5 pm, The Phillips Collection
 
This two-part symposium addresses the embrace of African art by the avant-garde in the first decades of the 20th century, within the context of cultural appropriation, race, and the politics of representation in the colonial age. Art historian and critic Jack Flam gives the keynote address at the University of Maryland, framing the critical reexamination of modernist primitivism from a 21st-century perspective. An international group of scholars continues the discussion
at the Phillips the following day.
 
Free; registration is required to attend the program at the Phillips on November 14: groups[at]phillipscollection.org.
 
 
Co-organized with The David C. Driskell Center and the University of Maryland's Department of Art & Archaeology. Held in conjunction with the special exhibition May Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. 
 
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Mel Chin
Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 pm
 
Chin's unconventional and politically charged projects investigate how art provokes greater social awareness and responsibility. Chin often engages others in creative partnerships: in his ongoing Fundred Dollar Bill Project, he asks students to decorate mock currency to raise money to treat soil contamination in New Orleans. 
 
Free; registration required: CSMAprograms[at]phillipscollection.org

The Phillips Collection
1600 Twenty-first Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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