Sat, Sep 21 | Smart Museum of Art

ART SMART: Why is Black Art Hot Now? The Road to International Recognition.

A panel of stellar artists and a gallerist will provide their perspective on the question “Has there been an increased demand for art from artists of African descent, or increased focus on artists of African descent over the last 5 - 10 years? Why? or Why not?”
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ART SMART: Why is Black Art Hot Now? The Road to International Recognition.

Time & Location

Sep 21, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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$10 for members of Diasporal Rhythms

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Why is Black Art Hot Now? The Road to International Recognition.

A panel of stellar artists and a gallerist will provide their perspective on the question “Has there been an increased demand for art from artists of African descent, or increased focus on artists of African descent over the last 5 - 10 years? Why? or Why not?” Panelists will reflect on perception of increased demand and the factors that impact interest. The panelists will consist of a gallerist, who has represented various artists, as well as artists of African descent whose visibility has increased internationally. They will share their perception and their experiences in the industry. 

MODERATOR

Dan Parker is a co-founder Diasporal Rhythms and co-chair of Diasporal Rhythms' Education Program.

Daniel Texidor Parker is Professor Emeritus at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago, and is currently the lecturer of African Art at Chicago State University. He is an educator, author, and art collector- his three loves- of which, collecting art is his passion. He says,” It is the fire in my belly, the flame in my heart, and the burning in my soul. The television appearances, the radio interviews, the writing of articles, and even being written about, all for me, is to edify the artists and the art which they create. At the same time to enlighten the universe as to the incredible culture of peoples of African descent. It is my prayer that the work which I have done here on earth will be an impetus to catapult this art into its rightful place onto the world center stage and into the annals of history.”

PANELISTS: 

Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect. Her creative practice navigates the space between art and architecture, through works that employ color as a way to highlight the political complexities of race, place and value in cities. Williams has received critical acclaim including being named a USA Ford Fellow and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grantee. Her works have been exhibited widely and are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She lives and works on the South Side of Chicago.

Russell Harris is a versatile artist who is confident painting the figure, still life scenes, and small, complex trompe l'oeils. He has a sharp eye for the smallest details and can render a multitude of textures with bravura. His brushwork varies between loose and expressive, to highly refined and nearly imperceptible. Harris' compositional skills show a mature artist who relies on solid structure and strong draftsmanship. Each work is carefully composed and restrained, giving each object or figure depicted a quiet power and intensity.

Andre Guichard

 With over 25 years of experience painting professionally, Andre Guichard is the visionary behind a diverse portfolio of work that can be found in over 2,500 corporate and private collections globally. Some of his corporate clients include Morgan Stanley, Crown Royal, Riley,Safer & Holmes LLP, Sidley, Austin & Brown LLP just to name a few .This self-taught painter was the international curator and spokesperson for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series for 9 years, an international contest, with 6,000 artists’ submissions per year , created to provide a platform for artists to connect with collectors. For the years 2011 to 2016, the Chicago Urban League commissioned Andre to create paintings of the prestigious Bill Berry honorees - presented to Louis Gossett Jr., Jessie Jackson Sr., Rev. Willie Burrows, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, Timuel Black and Isobel Wilkerson. In 2008 Six of his original paintings were featured on canvas totes as part of Walgreens Community Corner program in 7,000 stores nationwide, while another two were used to design fine art totes for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Andre created a jazz-inspired installation in the Bronzeville Jazz McDonald’s restaurant.  He was the official featured artist for the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2012 , 2014 and 2018 .

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