DISCUSSION: "NOW AND THEN: BLACK ART, FOLK ART, AND CONTEMPORARY ART" WITH JANE LIVINGSTON AND JOHN BEARDSLEY

6:00 pm May 18, 2012

 

Join us for Friday, May 18th at 6pm for a discussion, Now and Then: Black Art, Folk Art, and Contemporary Art, which focuses on the evolution of the modern Folk Art movement in America, by art historians Jane Livingston and John Beardsley. The discussion is included with regular Museum admission.

About Now and Then: Black Art, Folk Art, and Contemporary Art
Jane Livingston and John Beardsley, curators of the landmark exhibition Black Folk Art in America, which premiered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, thirty years ago this past January, will look back at the genesis and character of the exhibition and its implications for changing understandings of African American art, folk art, and mainstream contemporary art. These understandings have only grown more complex with the emergence of figures as accomplished as Thornton Dial.

About Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial
Hard Truths: The Art of Thorton Dial highlights the artist’s significant contribution to the field of American art and shows how Dial’s work speaks to the most pressing issues of our time-including the war in Iraq, 9/11, and social issues like racism and homelessness. The exhibition presents 70 of Dial’s large-scale paintings, drawings and found-object sculptures, including 25 new works. Spanning twenty years of his work as an artist, it is the most extensive showing of his art ever mounted and is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

This event is related to the exhibition Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.