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‘Mining History for African Voices’


Layers of Self
Sophie Sanders, “Layers of Self,” 2005, textured fabric relief on panel, 10” x 8”.
(Image courtesy of the artist)

Focusing on artists who respond to and interpret history and contemporary culture, Tyler School of Art hosts a symposium on Tuesday in which artists and educators will show and discuss art and artists of the African Diaspora.

Odili Donald Odita, an associate professor of painting at Tyler, will moderate the symposium, which brings to Main Campus artists Kimberly Camp and Ayanah Moor; Tumelo Mosaka, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, an associate professor of American art.

Tuesday’s program is the first in a series of three symposia titled “African Impressions / Contemporary Art,” curated by Tyler Ph.D. candidate in art history Sophie Sanders.

The second event will be held on Feb. 27, 2007, again on Main Campus.

According to Sanders, despite the powerful influences of the aesthetics and social history of the African Diaspora on visual art, these legacies remain under-represented in art historical scholarship.

“Each symposium is designed to attract students of many different disciplines to explore this topic from multiple perspectives,” Sanders said. “Additionally, the events celebrate Temple University's Main Campus as a site for cultural discourse that can ultimately expand the presence of artists of the African Diaspora in art historical research and curatorial practice.”

WHEN: Nov. 7, 5:30–8 p.m.

WHERE: Anderson Hall, room AL14




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