Early African American Art at Colby

Thursday, March 12, 2015,

Museum of Art

Students in “AR256: African American Art” (taught by Professor Tanya Sheehan) will present original research on a selection of early African American artworks in the museum’s collection. Those artworks include a painted portrait by Joshua Johnson, studio photographs by J. P. Ball, a landscape painting by Edward Bannister, works on paper by Henry O. Tanner, and a hand-sewn doll quilt. The students will present new information about these understudied objects, situate them within existing art-historical narratives, and imagine new ways of writing those narratives. Please join us for an afternoon of exploration, discovery, and discussion. A reception in the lobby of the museum will follow the talks.

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Banner Image: Edward Mitchell Bannister, Landscape, 1877, Oil on board, 5 3/8 in. x 8 3/4 in., Bequest of Johnnie Lockett Thomas, 2008.211