When: Thu., Feb. 11 2016
THURSDAY, FEB. 11
"COLLECTING AND PRESENTING WORK BY ARTISTS OF AFRICAN DESCENT"
The Triangle's museums, like those nationwide, are making new efforts to emphasize African-American art and otherwise break free from Eurocentrism. The Ackland in Chapel Hill recently opened Racial Violence and Resilience: Questions and Currents in African American Art, which includes probing, provocative works from the museum's holdings by artists such as Kara Walker, Barkley Hendricks, and Kehinde Wiley. In Durham, the Nasher has long focused its contemporary collection on the African diaspora, ahead of the curve in rectifying what The New York Times described in 2015 as as generations of institutional neglect. This week, the two museums, along with the North Carolina Central University Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art, cosponsor a free, public discussion about the necessity and challenges of changing the color of the canon. The panelists are notable, including Times art critic Holland Cotter, San Francisco art collector Pamela Joyner, and several major museum or gallery directors from New York and Miami. Esteemed Duke art historian Richard J. Powell, who has curated Nasher exhibits such as Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, is the moderator. At the Nasher, you can arrive an hour early to mingle with the panelists and take in works by artists of African descent in Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection. —Brian Howe
THE NASHER MUSEUM OF ART, DURHAM 7 p.m., free, www.nasher.duke.edu