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Thu, March 22, 2018

23:00 – 24:00

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, USA

Livestream broadcast – Terms of the Debate: The Battle for the Black Body, 19th Century to the Present


Keynote Address for Black Portraiture[s] IV: The Color of Silence

Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College

Visit the conference website for more information on the Black Portraiture[s] series.

Visit the project page for ReSignifications, held in Florence during the 2014-2015 academic year.



Featured Biographies

Mary Schmidt Campbell

Dean Emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and University Professor

Mary Schmidt Campbell has had a major impact on the field of art history and in the development of cultural policy at the local and national levels. She served as Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she curated a number of groundbreaking exhibitions. She was New York City’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and, for 23 years, dean of the Tisch School. Her public appointments include her role as Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts and Vice Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by President Obama in 2009. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she received a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She has written and lectured widely about Black artists, cultural policy and arts education. Currently, Dr. Campbell is completing a biography of the collage artist, Romare Bearden, for Oxford University Press.