Thursday, September 30, 2010

Symposium: "Ways of Knowing/Ways of Showing: African/Diaspora Arts in a Museum"

The Department of Afro-American Studies (celebrating its 40th anniversary) and the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are pleased to announce a two-day public symposium and roundtable discussion:

Ways of Showing / Ways of Knowing: African/Diaspora Arts in a Museum

October 7-8, 2010
Room L140 and L166 Elvehjem Building / Chazen Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin-Madison

This symposium brings together six renowned scholars of African and African diasporic arts to UW-Madison for a lecture series and seminar discussion on the re-presentation of African and African Diaspora arts in a museum context. This public programming is a crucial part of preparations for the installation of a permanent African arts gallery in the expanded Chazen Museum of Art, opening in October 2011.

The October 7 lecture/discussion symposium is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required for the Graduate Student Seminar on October 8 - email See the attached poster and schedule of events below for more information.


 Thursday, October 7, L140 Elvehjem/Chazen

10:00 Welcoming remarks

10:10 NII QUARCOOPOME    Detroit Institute of Arts
"Re-Discovering the 'African' in African Art Exhibitions: The Re-Making of the Detroit Institute of Arts' Permanent Galleries"
10:50 NICHOLE BRIDGES    Baltimore Museum of Art
"Locations and Publics: Rethinking African Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art"

11:30 ELIZABETH HARNEY    University of Toronto
"The Orphans of Modernism"

12:10 Lunch break

2:00 CHRISTA CLARKE    Newark Museum
"Object Lessons: Exhibiting African Art in the 21st Century"

2:40 C. DANIEL DAWSON    New York University
"Who Speaks for the Gods? Practice and Province in Public Exhibitions"

3:20 MOYO OKEDIJI    University of Texas at Austin
"Omu Iya Dun: African American Asante-Style Drum in the British Museum"

4:00 Open discussion

4:20 Closing remarks

Friday, October 8, L166 Elvehjem/Chazen

10:00-12:00 Graduate Student Seminar with speakers.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required: email

"Ways of Showing, Ways of Knowing: African/Diaspora Arts in a Museum" is made possible through a generous grant from the UW Anonymous Fund, and was organized by the Department of Afro-American Studies (celebrating its 40th anniversary) and the Department of Art History with the sponsorship of the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World Research Circle, the Art Department, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Center for Visual Cultures. This event also celebrates the 2010-2011 Year of the Arts at UW-Madison and the opening of the expanded Chazen Museum of Art in October 2011.


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