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Join us for a conversation between UNC art historian Lyneise Williams and Yale Professor Emeritus Glenda Gilmore as they discuss Gilmore’s new book, Romare Bearden, In the Homeland of his Imagination: An Artist’s Reckoning with the South (UNC Press, 2022).

Romare Bearden (1911–1988), one of the most prolific, original, and acclaimed American artists of the twentieth century, richly depicted scenes and figures rooted in the American South and the Black experience. Bearden hailed from North Carolina but was forced to relocate to the North when a white mob harassed his family in the 1910s. His story is a compelling, complicated saga of Black middle-class achievement in the face of relentless waves of white supremacy. It is also a narrative of the generational trauma that slavery and racism inflicted over decades. But as Glenda Gilmore reveals in this trenchant reappraisal of Bearden’s life and art, his work reveals his deep imagination, extensive training, and rich knowledge of art history.

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History Emerita at Yale University.

Lyneise Williams is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD Yale 2004).

WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 12-1:30 PM

WHERE: UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, 410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

You can purchase the book at your bookstore of choice or through UNC Press. ORDER HERE.

 

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