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City Lights - "Portrait of an Artist: Exploring the Works of Henry O. Tanner"

Joyce Robinson, curator for Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art and affiliate associate professor of art history

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  • City Lights
When
Feb. 23, 2012, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia
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Contact Phone 800-548-LION (5466), option 5, option 1
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Co-sponsored by the Penn State College of Arts & Architecture
Cost: $25 Alumni Association members, $40 non-members

 Joyce Robinson will examine the life and legacy of Henry Ossawa Tanner, arguably among the most influential African American artists in the history of American art. Robinson will focus on Tanner’s radical centering of the black subject in two influential paintings from the early 1890s in which he countered stereotypes found in American popular culture, particularly on the minstrel stage. Robinson will examine the artist’s embrace of black culture in relation to the philosophies of two of the great leaders of his day, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. She will also comment on the legacy of black folk culture—which ultimately Tanner abandoned—in the work of Harlem Renaissance artists and writers, among them Langston Hughes.

 

Joyce Henri Robinson teaches courses on African American art and curates major exhibits for the Palmer Museum of Art. Since joining the Palmer, Robinson has organized more than 20 exhibitions, several of which traveled to other institutions, and authored exhibition catalogues primarily in the fields of contemporary art, photography, and American art. She has served as in-house curator for numerous major traveling exhibitions ranging from Indian miniature painting and Chinese tomb sculpture to archaeology and forgery, ancient Iranian ceramics, and African art.

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