Fall 2011 - Romare Bearden

Bearden Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion at Sackler Auditorium
485 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Following the panel will be a viewing of the exhibit and reception at the Rudenstine Gallery


- On exhibit through December 9th -

Harvard Gazette"An artist who disrupted convention: Panel discussion, exhibit focus on the work of Romare Bearden"

This fall, the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University presents Color and Construction: The Intimate Work of Romare Bearden, a collaborative collection of the artist’s work. The exhibit, which is part of a constellation of shows around the country commemorating the centenary of Bearden’s birth, features pieces on loan from ACA Galleries, DC Moore Gallery, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Florence Ladd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute.

The stellar and intimate grouping of Bearden collages, watercolors, and prints will draw both loyal Rudenstine viewers and Bearden enthusiasts new to the Rudenstine Gallery, which is named in honor of former Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstine and art historian Angelica Zander Rudenstine, in recognition of their contributions to African and African American Studies and the arts. It is the only exhibition space at Harvard, and one of the only in Boston, devoted to works by and about people of African descent. The gallery hosts rotating exhibits and accompanying artist talks, and its curatorial mission is to support both historical and contemporary practices in the visual arts.

Color and Construction includes some of Bearden’s most well known creations, such as “On Such a Night as This,” “Dreams of Elsewhere,” and “Flights and Fantasy.” Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, will moderate a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 2, at the Sackler Museum featuring the Bearden scholars, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; Jacqueline Francis, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Critical Studies and in Painting and Drawing at California College of the Arts; Diedra Harris-Kelley, co-director of the Bearden Foundation; and Patricia Hills, Professor of History of Art & Architecture at Boston University. Among the topics discussed will be the figure of the woman alone and the figures of woman and child that dominate the works in this exhibit, Bearden’s biography, the critical and popular reception of his work, and both the legacy and contemporary application of his seminal collage techniques.

Immediately following the panel, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute will host a gallery opening and reception at the Rudenstine Gallery (104 Mount Auburn Street #3R).

The Rudenstine Art Gallery is a small intimate space, dedicated to the presentation of exhibits of contemporary art made by artists of the African Diaspora or art that explores the experience of that Diaspora. It is a unique space in Cambridge and the broader Boston metropolitan area.

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