Presented as part of the DC History Conference, this is the second conversation in a two-part series co-organized by the DC Public Library and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Join us for the second event in a two-part series marking a new phase of collaboration between the DC Public Library and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
The selections from the DC Art Bank that were recently installed throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library offer an opportunity for residents to see and learn firsthand from diverse approaches to art making. This selection ranges from the first artwork to enter the Art Bank Collection, Sam Gilliam’s Ship, 1967, created with stains of acrylic paint canvas, to one of its most recent work, Julia Bloom’s Five Redacted Drawings, made with typewriter text redacted with charcoal, created out of the urgent need to communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel discussion will provide insight into how both the social history and the artistic approaches of these works showcase the power of the arts to open channels for communication. This panel discussion will be moderated by Melanee Harvey, PhD, Associate Professor & Coordinator of Art History at Howard University. The panel will feature discussion on the following artists’ works on display at the library as part of the Art Bank Collection: Julia Bloom, Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, Irene Kellogg, and Marcel Taylor.
Melanee Harvey, PhD, Associate Professor & Coordinator of Art History at Howard University
Jonathan P. Binstock, Vradenburg Director and CEO, The Phillips Collection
Julia Bloom, artist
Jean Lawlor Cohen, curator, arts writer, and friend of Gene Davis
Irene Kellogg, artist
Marcel Taylor, artist
Moderator, Dr. Melanee Harvey
Please note: This program is presented in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities as part of the 49th Annual DC History Conference. Whether you plan to attend all weekend, one day, or even just one panel, we ask that you fill out our registration form. This free registration gives you access to the entire conference program.
Sam Gilliam, Ship, 1967. DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Art Bank Collection.
About the DC History Conference:
The DC Public Library is pleased to host the 49th Annual DC History Conference, which takes place March 23 – 25, 2023 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This three-day event is FREE to all attendees.
The DC History Conference welcomes students, community members, educators, artists, storytellers, and cultural heritage workers to join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for this FREE, three-day event. Visit the DC History Conference website for the full schedule of events.
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About the Art Bank Collection:
The Art Bank Collection, the District of Columbia’s fine art collection, was established by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) following the enactment of the Support for Art in Public Places Amendment Act of 1986. The works in the collection are acquired through an annual call for submissions, which involves an application and panel review process and results in acquisitions via grants to individual artists and arts non-profits in metropolitan D.C. Learn more on the CAH website.
AGE GROUP: | Seniors | Adults | 13 - 19 Years Old (Teens) |
EVENT TYPE: | Lecture | Exhibit |
|Mon, May 29||Closed|
|Tue, May 30||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Wed, May 31||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Thu, Jun 01||9:30AM to 9:00PM|
|Fri, Jun 02||9:30AM to 5:30PM|
|Sat, Jun 03||9:30AM to 5:30PM|
|Sun, Jun 04||1:00PM to 5:00PM|