Sunday, March 12, 2000

Collector discusses African American at symposium

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A full-day symposium Saturday at the Cincinnati Art Museum takes up inspiration and motivation for African-American artists.

        Locally and nationally prominent artists will talk about their art at the event held in conjunction with Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection. The exhibition opens to the public next Sunday and continues through May 14.

        Collector David C. Driskell will moderate the symposium on contemporary African American art, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants will include three nationally known artists and three Cincinnati-area artists.

        Speakers Elizabeth Catlett, Earl Hooks and Keith Morrison are represented in the Driskell Collection. Cincinnati area artists in the symposium are Kevin Harris, Brian Joiner and Velma Morris.

        Ms. Catlett, Mr. Hooks and Mr. Morrison will discuss their work starting at 9 a.m. in the auditorium. The Cincinnati artists will discuss their careers and their work from 2-4 p.m. in the lecture hall.

        Ms. Catlett, 85, who lives in Mexico, is a nationally known sculptor and printmaker. Mr. Hooks, 73, is a ceramic artist and educator. Mr. Morrison, 58, is a Jamaican-born painter known for his Caribbean and African inspired figure paintings. Mr. Driskell is also a painter.

        The Contemporary African American Artist Symposium is free, but reservations are required. A box lunch is available for $8.25. Phone (513) 721-2787.


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