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Howard University Presents the 21st Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on
African American Art

Washington (March 23, 2010) – The Howard University Department of Art is pleased to announce the 21st Annual
James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art
, April 16 -17 on the historic campus of Howard University.

The James A. Porter Colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators as well as art enthusiasts in the field of African-American art and visual culture. Each year, the Colloquium attracts more than 700 educators, artists, scholars, collectors, and business professionals from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

This year’s Colloquium theme, Fearless: Risk Takers, Rule Breakers, and Innovators in African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora, brings together an array of dynamic guest speakers and panelists including: Jacqueline Francis, an art historian at California College of the Arts in San Francisco; Renee Cox, a political activist and often controversial New York-based photographer and mixed media artist; Okwui Enwezor, writer, critic, editor, curator and artistic director for Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998-2002), the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1997) and the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, in Seville, Spain; Chika Okeke-Agulu, an art historian from Princeton; Lyle Ashton Harris, New York photographer known for his provocative self-portraits and complex gender and racially fused social commentaries, among other artists and scholars.

In addition to the conference, attendees are invited to a Benefit Gala from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. This year, we will honor the lifetime achievements of artist Elizabeth Catlett, philanthropist and community leader Peggy Cooper Cafritz, art historian and scholar Jeff Donaldson (posthumously), and art historian, critic, and Colloquium founder Floyd Coleman.

If there are any questions, please contact Gwendolyn H. Everett, chair of the Department of Art, or via telephone at 202-806-6171. For additional information regarding the Colloquium, please visit the website

The James A. Porter Colloquium was established at Howard University in 1990. It is named in honor of James A. Porter, the pioneering Art Historian and Professor, whose 1943 publication Modern Negro Art laid the foundation for the field of study. The Colloquium continues his legacy through dynamic programming, scholarly research and artistic leadership. Past Colloquium presenters have included such leading scholars and artists as David Driskell, Leslie King Hammond, Samella Lewis, Lowery Stokes Simms, Robert Farris Thompson, Salah Hassan, Franklin Sirmans, Mark Bradford, Titus Kaphar, and Deborah Willis. The Porter Colloquium is presented, at the Blackburn Center, by the Department of Art, Howard University in Washington, DC.


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