The David C. Driskell Center Gallery Presents Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on February 27, 2017

Thu, 02 March 2017 - Fri, 19 May 2017

Photo courtesy of the David C. Driskell Center Gallery.
Photo courtesy of the David C. Driskell Center Gallery.


Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2 from 5pm to 7pm


Shifting explores how African American female artists represent themselves, others, and the world in their art. By playing with and inverting the concept of “the male gaze” put forward by film theorist Laura Mulvey, Shifting serves as a platform for dialogue around several questions: Whose gaze is at work in these pieces? Do women look at themselves through a male gaze? Is there a gendered difference between a female and a male gaze? Ultimately, Shifting features art made by African American women asserting their own artistic authority and, in many ways, reshaping and redefining the art world and culture at large. Refreshments, along with a selection of wine, will be served.

Panel Discussion: African American Women Artists and the Canon
In conjunction with the David C. Driskell Center’s spring exhibition, Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze, the Center will present a panel discussion to be held at 3pm on Friday, March 3rd, 2017.

The purpose of this panel is to recognize and critically examine the contribution of African American women artists to the American art canon and understand how they have both impacted and responded to the contemporary art world.

Scholars include:

  • Kirsten Pai Buick, University of New Mexico
  • Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland
  • Lisa Farrington, John Jay College
  • Kelli Morgan, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Deborah Willis, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

RSVP for the panel discussion is required by February 28th, 2017 at or 301.314.2615. Please note that limited space is available and the RSVP list is filling quickly.

Additional Details:
Shifting will be on display from Thursday, March 2nd through Friday, May 19th, 2017. For more information about this exhibition, click here. This exhibition will take place at the David C. Driskell Center Gallery, located at 1207 Cole Student Activities Building at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Parking is available at meters or at the Union Lane Garage adjacent to Cole Student Activities Building. Free parking is available at Lot 1 after 4PM. The Driskell Center’s programing is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

David C. Driskell Center Gallery is located at 1207 Cole Student Activities Building. Please visit for information about hours and accessibility.