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Romare Bearden’s Art


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The Romare Bearden Foundation hosts events and fundraisers to promote the arts, and to support their educational programs.


In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy

The Romare Bearden Foundation, The New School’s Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University combine forces to examine Bearden’s legacy under three distinct lenses: the impact of his activist work, especially his prints; the role of music in both his practice at large and the activist projects; and the resonance of his oeuvre in contemporary art making.

Drawing on the art and activist legacy of American icon Romare Bearden (1911–1988), the three-day convening offers a unique, action-oriented investigation into the potent relationships among race, culture, economy, and the common good. Plenary discussions examine the themes of purposeful creativity, the artist as activist, BIPOC leadership in creative culture and economy, and other topics. Live musical and artistic performances evoke and explore key themes, creating a dynamic and thought-provoking experience: part conversation and part performance.

Speakers, performers, and artists at the symposium include: Rocío Aranda-AlvaradoAisha BensonJohanne Bryant-ReidAsali DeVan EcclesiastesAdrienne EdwardsNicole FleetwoodAngie KimEriola Pirafayemi shakurEddie TorresYvonne WatsonCalvin WilliamsH. Sharif Williams, and Wayne Winborne.

Full schedule and guide here: https://www.veralistcenter.org/events/in-common-romare-bearden-and-new-approaches-to-art-race-economy

The Exhibition

In Common: New Approaches with Romare Bearden

Nov 9, 2023–Jan 15, 2024

Parsons School of Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
66 5th Avenue at 13th Street; Open daily 12–6 pm EDT, Thursdays late until 8 pm 
And save the date for the symposium - Nov 30- Dec 2.






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Romare Bearden's Southern Sensibility by Wide Iris Productions

Shop Romare Bearden

Bearden Plays Bearden Two disc DVD

Narrated by James Earl Jones by Nelson Breen



Romare Bearden “The Block” Vinyl Tote Bag

Features"The Block" in the collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art



The Art of Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual

by M. Bunch Washington



A Teachers Outline

This packet will help students learn how Bearden used personal memories of African-American cultural history and literature as the source of his subject matter.


The Art of Romare Bearden Podcast

Listen to his life story and work by NPR’s Neda Ulaby.

Romare Bearden Collage

Remix works from Bearden’s original series to create your own unique works of art.

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