THE PREVALENCE OF RITUAL – A Discussion on Bearden & Legacy

TUESDAY October 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm (EST)

In celebration of the launch of the Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonné the Wildenstein-Plattner Institute hosts a Zoom discussion moderated by Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Spelman College president and author of An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden (Oxford Univ. Press 2018)

This panel will consider the issues involved in maintaining an artist’s legacy, including the importance of archival preservation and the active documentation of the artist’s practice.

Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation Diedra Harris-Kelley will introduce the panel that includes Dr. Campbell, Studio Museum in Harlem Curator Connie Choi, and artists Jordan Casteel and Grace Lynne Haynes.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm (EST) On Zoom.

You can watch the recording  HERE

Image: Printmaker Robert Blackburn and artist Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe inspecting a new group of monotypes in Romare Bearden’s Long Island studio. 1975. PHOTO BY Frank Stewart.

This Digital Catalogue will be a comprehensive research tool providing access to critical archives and materials documented by the Romare Bearden Foundation to preserve the artist’s legacy. This digital publication will provide scholars, provenance researchers, and the general public with a reliable and comprehensive research tool that will advance the study of the artist’s oeuvre.

Vital to this project will be the archival resources of The Romare Bearden Foundation, the digital catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work is an important milestone in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation will provide the WPI with access to a wealth of archival resources and other materials to be processed, digitized, and ultimately made available for public use. With foundational experience in catalogue raisonné research and production, the WPI is perfectly positioned to help the Romare Bearden Foundation bring the RBDCR into being.

Through a series of virtual events and undertakings, the WPI aims to honor Bearden’s legacy by leveraging the power of the institution and highlighting his impact as an advocate for young people of color. ⁠

Excerpt from the Wildenstein-Plattner Institute press release 9/2/2020

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