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CANCELED: Thursday, April 9, 2020
American Aesthetic: The Clyde Burroughs Dinner/Lecture Series
The Long Harlem Renaissance
Speaker Jacqueline Francis, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies, California College

Register for the dinner and/or lecture

Dinner & Lecture
Members $50
Non-Members $65
Deadline for dinner registration is Monday, April 6, to accommodate catering.

Lecture only
Free for Members / Students
Non-members $10

Dinner & Lecture
6:00 pm Cocktail hour
7:00 pm  Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture

Strictly speaking, writers were the stars of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Yet while that literary movement slowed with the stock market crash of 1929 and suffered during the crisis of the Great Depression, visual artists’ fortunes improved during the interwar period and afterward. This lecture is a discussion of a “long” Harlem Renaissance, fueled by artists’ and other cultural workers’ interventions, private philanthropies, and the Federal Art Project of the Works Projects Administration. 

Jacqueline Francis is an art historian, educator, and curator. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA), and Emory University (PhD).

Francis is the author of Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America (2012) and a co-editor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (2011). She has contributed to many exhibition catalogues, including Among Others: Blackness at MoMA (2019); Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas (2018); and Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis (2015), winner of the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award for Distinction in Museum Scholarship from the College Art Association. Her essays have appeared in reference volumes such as The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2014) and The Image of the Black in Western Art (2012), and in scholarly journals, among them Kunst und Politik: Jahrbuck der Guernica-Gesellschaft (2018), Art Journal (2017), American Art (2016), and the Journal of American Studies (2013).

Jacqueline Francis is Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Visual & Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. She researches critical questions about minority identities represented in historical and contemporary visual cultures in the Americas and Europe. In Fall 2019, she was the Paul Mellon Guest Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC).

Francis is the Chair of the College Art Association’s Nominating Committee. She serves on the boards of the National Committee for the History of Art/Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art and the journal Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture. With Camara Dia Holloway, she founded the Association for Critical Race Art History in 2001.

Francis is preparing the exhibition “A Matter of Time: New Work by Adia Millett” for Galerie du Monde (Hong Kong), opening March 5, 2020. With Kathy Zarur, Francis curated the group exhibitions side by side/ in the world (San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, 2019) and Where Is Here (Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, 2016-17).


Image: William H. Johnson, Café, 1939-1940. Painting, oil on paperboard. 36 ½ in. 28 ⅜ in. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

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