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Visiting Scholar: Sarah Kelly Oehler, Art Institute of Chicago

February 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us in welcoming Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar Sarah Kelly Oehler, Ph.D. to Florida. Oehler is the Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

“South Side Lives; African American Art in Chicago, 1920-1950”

Although “Black Lives Matters” and public demonstrations have recently called attention to persistent racial injustice and violence against black bodies around the nation, such movements have an important artistic precedent in the city of Chicago. Between 1920 and 1950, African American artists in Chicago undertook a widespread campaign of using their art to protest social conditions and racial inequality. This flourishing artistic scene, now described as the Chicago Black Renaissance, distinguished itself from the Harlem Renaissance in its emphasis on realistic depictions of the black body as a means of conveying often hard-hitting social commentary. This lecture will examine the figurative art of Eldzier Cortor, Charles White, and other African American artists in Chicago, along with that of white artists who shared their beliefs, to understand how they depicted the black body as an expression of protest and uplift.

Free Admission and open to the Community. Please share this event with your friends, family, and colleagues!

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is located on the Rollins College campus. No reservations or tickets are required for this event. Free parking is available on campus and in the SunTrust Garage on Lyman Avenue with a Museum-validated parking stub.

The museum is closed on Mondays, during major holidays and for installation of new exhibitions.

Eldzier Cortor (American, 1916-2015)
The Room No. VI, 1948, Oil and gesso on Masonite,
107.3 x 80 cm (42 1/4 x 31 1/2 in.),
The Art Institute of Chicago; through prior acquisition
of Friends of American Art and Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison; through prior gift of the George F. Harding Collection, 2007.329.


February 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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