Grant Parker: "The Struggle with Greek and Latin in South Africa"
– 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
Within South African society, ancient Greece and Rome have usually been associated with the establishment. For example, the legal system has had strong links with Roman law, and classical columns adorn colonial-era state buildings throughout the country. On the other hand, a very different kind of classical antiquity is visible in the creative arts, and here we find a much broader range of the classical tradition. Sophocles' Antigone was famously performed by Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island. In this talk, Professor Grant Parker concentrates on lesser known moments from the apartheid era (1948-91), when ancient Greece and Rome intersected unexpectedly with the Struggle for democracy.
Sponsored by the Lectures and Concerts Committee and the Departments of History, Classics and Africana Studies.
Anna O. Marley Gallery Talk: "Debating African-American Art: A Curatorial Perspective"
– 3:00 PM
Museum of Art, Halford Gallery
Anna O. Marley is the curator of historical American art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and has curated numerous exhibitions including the touring retrospective Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (2012). She is currently working on future exhibits on Thomas Eakins' photography and 19th-century history painting in the Americas. Her talk "Debating African-American Art: A Curatorial Perspective" will address the challenges in curating African-American art.
Sponsored by the Art History and Africana Studies departments and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Image: Nicodemus, 1899, oil on canvas, by Henry Ossawa Tanner. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Joseph E. Temple Fund (1900.1).