The Driskell Center Presents Telling Our Story Exhibition and Annual Distinguished Lecture

By Editorial Team on April 4, 2022

Thu, 07 April 2022 - Fri, 20 May 2022

Courtesy of the David C. Driskell Center.
Talk: Thursday, April 7 at 6pm

Curated by Tamara Schlossenberg, Collections Manager, and Prof. Curlee R. Holton, Director, Telling Our Story: Works from the Permanent Collection is the first in a series of shows that aim to highlight the history and unique contributions made by the David C. Driskell Center to the American art canon. The show incorporates both selections from our previous show, American Landscapes, as well as additional works from the permanent collection, some of which have never been publicly displayed since being acquired by the Center. In selecting works, Schlossenberg and Holton started by selecting important works and artists that the Center has not previously had opportunities to display and that had interesting stories to tell. At the Driskell Center, we believe an art object is much more than an aesthetic object of beauty – it can also be an important document that records our experiences, history, and perceptions of the world around us.

Julie McGee, PhD, will be giving this year’s Annual Distinguished Lecture in the Visual Arts in Honor of David C. Driskell. The Annual Distinguished Lecture Series was established to provide a forum for prominent artists and scholars to educate the public about important issues pertaining to African American art and artists.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 7th 2022 at 6pm on Zoom. Registration is required; click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Julie L. McGee is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Art History, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, at the University of Delaware. She has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Guga S’Thebe Community Arts Centre in Langa (Cape Town), South Africa. With Vuyile C. Voyiya, McGee co-produced the 2003 documentary film The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art. In 2011–2012, she held the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. She was a 2019 Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. researching the American-Dutch artist Sam Middleton (1927–2015) and transnational art history. In collaboration with the High Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art, she curated of David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History (2021). Her extensive scholarship on Driskell includes the monograph David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar (Pomegranate Communications, 2006) curatorial essays, artist interviews, and analyses of Driskell’s curatorial endeavors. McGee is currently the Interim Director of Special Collections and Museums, University of Delaware, Library, Museums and Press.