Virtual Talk: A Dealer Tells Her Bearden Story

Thursday, June 30, 6:30 pm (EST) via zoom

Join us virtually as private art dealer Peg Alston tells her Bearden story of promoting the work of Bearden and other artists of his generation.












Tell Your Bearden Story is a new series of the Foundation’s Oral History Project that aims to highlight the real encounters of Bearden’s friends and family. These stories illuminate new perspectives and round out what scholars and researchers often miss about histories.

June 30, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Register for a link to join the Q & A session HERE:

This program will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page and on Harlem One Stop Youtube.

Alston has played a pivotal role in cultivating an interest around the country in investing in African American fine art. Long active with the Studio Museum in Harlem and many other major New York City cultural institutions, she established herself as a private dealer nearly four decades ago. Specializing in African American artists, traditional African sculpture, and art by emerging and mid-career artists. On the New York art scene in the 1970s, Alston credits Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis as informal mentors in her career. She would go on to organize some of the first seminars on collecting, appraising, and cataloging African American art. She was also appointed to the Arts Committee on the New York State Council of the Arts; recently became a member of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) and ArtTable, and was selected by History Makers for their archival collection of outstanding African Americans.

Peg Alston has sold works by some of the most outstanding Black masters, including Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, and Laura Wheeler Waring, as well as works by contemporary artists, Sam Gilliam, Betye Saar, Howardena Pindell, Frank Bowling, William T. Williams, Al Loving, Lubaina Himid, Faith Ringgold, McArthur Binion, and Stanley Whitney.

The Romare Bearden Foundation is a non-profit organization that perpetuates the artistic and intellectual legacies of the great 20th Century master of visual art. This program is presented with Harlem One Stop and the Harlem Cultural Collaborative.

This program is presented with Harlem One Stop & Harlem Cultural Collaborative.

PHOTOS: Peg Alston

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