CELEBRATION OF NEW BOOK ON BEARDEN – An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

We are celebrating “An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden” by Mary Schmidt Campbell. Meet the author and join us for a special conversation at the DC Moore Gallery, NY

Friday November 16
Book signing
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
7:30 pm – Conversation

Mary Schmidt Campbell, author, art historian, and President of Spelman College, met Bearden in the 1970’s and presents a fresh look at the artist’s life and art. The event features a conversation between Dr. Campbell and Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-Director of the Bearden Foundation, discussing the book’s new insights and its contribution to the scholarship on Bearden.

FREE and open to the public
Space is limited, please RSVP to: info@beardenfoundation.org

DC Moore Gallery
535 W. 22nd Street (btw 10th and 11th Aves)
New York, NY 10011
Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.
“Meticulously researched and highly readable, this ground-breaking analytical biography of one of the twentieth century’s leading figures in painting, collage and other art forms is an immensely important addition to recent art historical literature and biography. It is a pleasure to read and is a necessary addition to our American cultural consciousness.”
–Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts (Deputy Director), New York University
About the author
Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell became the 10TH president of Spelman College in 2015. Prior to her tenure at the Atlanta college, Dr. Campbell made major contributions to the cultural life of NYC. Beginning at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she served for 10 years as the Director, she also led as the city’s cultural affairs commissioner, under Mayor Edward I. Koch in the late 1980’s.
In 1991 Dr. Campbell joined New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In her more than two decades as dean, she developed new academic programs such as the NYU Game Center, The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, and a joint MBA/MFA Graduate Film and Business program. In 2009, former President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Campbell as the vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a non-partisan advisory committee to the President of the United States on cultural matters.
And in 2017, Dr. Campbell was appointed to serve as a member of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers in the city of New York.
The author is a contributor to several publications including Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987 (Oxford University Press & The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1991). An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden was published this September by Oxford University Press.

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