Opening Weekend: In Conversation: Modern African American Art

    Sat, Jun 1 - Sun, Jun 2, 2013

    Times: 10am to 5pm Daily

    Venue: Peabody Essex Museum

    East India Square, Salem, MA 01970

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    Celebrate the range and variety of artwork on view in In Conversation: Modern African American Art with a two-day festival of artwork, ideas and performance. Saturday, June 1 Drop-In Art Making: Collaborative Collage | 11 am-2 pm | Atrium Join artist and children's author Bryan Collier to create a colossal masterpiece using a unique blend of watercolor and collage. Presentation: All Jazzed Up | 1-2 pm | Morse Auditorium | Reservations by May 29 Eric Jackson, dean of Boston jazz radio and host of WGBH's Eric in the Evening, delves into the connections between African American visual artists of the 20th century and their counterparts in jazz. Dance Performance: EDGEWORKS Dance Theater | 2:15-3 pm | Atrium Select dancers from this all-male company challenge and affirm perceptions of male identity, revealing strength and vulnerability. Featuring the work of Artistic Director Helanius J. Wilkins and other internationally recognized choreographers. Presentation: In Conversation ... Onstage | 3:15-4:30 pm | Morse Auditorium | Reservations by May 29 Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator at PEM, Richard Powell, art history professor at Duke University and co-author of the In Conversation catalog, and In Conversation artist Keith Morrison discuss the contributions of modern African American artists toward a larger American identity. Sunday, June 2 Making Art: Drawing in the Galleries | 10-11:30 am | Meet at information desk | Reservations by May 29 With guidance from life-drawing instructor David Ferreira, draw from a live model to explore the theme of the human body, stance and position in the work of the photographers and painters on view in In Conversation. Bring a wooden drawing board; other materials provided. Drop-In Art Making: Collaborative Collage | 11 am-2 pm | Atrium Join artist and children's author Bryan Collier to create a colossal masterpiece using a unique blend of watercolor and collage. Gallery Talk: Conversations in In Conversation | 11 am-noon | Meet at information desk | For adults | Reservations by May 29 Photographer Marilyn Nance, celebrated for her visually arresting and intimate photographs of spiritual culture of the African diaspora, discusses her work. Curator of Photography Phillip Prodger joins Nance to discuss her work on view in In Conversation. Dance Performance: EDGEWORKS Dance Theater | 2:15-3 pm | Atrium Select dancers from this all-male company challenge and affirm perceptions of male identity, revealing strength and vulnerability. Featuring the work of Artistic Director Helanius J. Wilkins and other internationally recognized choreographers. Artist Talk: Power and Possibility: Visual Storytelling Through Children's Literature | 3:15-4:15 pm | Morse Auditorium | For adults | Reservations by May 29 Join children's author and artist Bryan Collier as he discusses the influence of children's literature on his life and those around him. Film: Thornton Dial | 4:30-4:50 pm | Morse Auditorium | Tickets available on day of film The documentary examines the extraordinary life and work of this 77-year-old contemporary artist from Bessemer, Ala., whose work appears in In Conversation. The former migrant farmer and steel worker never formally trained as an artist, yet art critics call him genius. 2006, 20 minutes, produced and directed by Celia Carey. Made possible by Target.

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