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A Conversation with David C. Driskell


David C. Driskell, born in 1931 into a family of Georgia sharecroppers, is today a renowned painter and one of the leading authorities on the subject of African American art.  His paintings can be found in major museums and private collections worldwide including the National Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.  In 1976, Driskell curated the groundbreaking exhibit “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950” which laid the foundation for the field of African American Art History.  Prof. Driskell currently serves as curator of Bill and Camille Cosby's Collection of Fine Arts.  In 2000, in a White House Ceremony, Driskell received the National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton.  In 2007, he was elected as a National Academician by the National Academy in New York. 

The screening at the Schomburg Center will feature remarks by Dr. Driskell in conversation with Dr. Deborah Willis.   

Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow.  She is one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.   

The filmmaker, Richard Kane, will also be present to answer questions from the audience.

The film is now on the festival circuit coming directly from FilmFest DC and a screening at the National Gallery of Art.