Elizabeth Catlett Symposium

“My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples”: A Symposium on Elizabeth Catlett

In conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett, the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press will sponsor a day-long symposium that explores Elizabeth Catlett’s art and activism in its transnational contexts. Although Catlett may be best remembered for her feminist representations of black life and the fight for racial justice in the United States, she was also a Mexican citizen, having permanently resettled in Mexico City in 1947. Her leftist politics eventually led Catlett to be declared an “undesirable alien” by the U.S., and she was barred from re-entering the United States until 1971. Throughout and despite this exile, Catlett continued to create politically charged work that transcended national borders. As she famously described in the 1970 Ebony magazine article entitled “My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples”: “I am inspired by black people and Mexican people, my two peoples.”

This event is sponsored by the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press, with support from Delaware Humanities and the University of Delaware College of Arts & Sciences’ Paul R. Jones Initiative (PRJI).

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Event Schedule

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5-7 p.m.

Evening Reception, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware

Friday, October 4, 2019

Symposium,  Trabant Theater, University of Delaware

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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Registration Information

The symposium is free, but advance registration is requested. Register here.

Please note: online registration will end 24 hours before the event begins. In-person registration will be available on the day of the symposium.

Travel and Parking

The Thursday evening reception will take place in the Mechanical Hall Gallery.

The symposium will be held in the Trabant Theater, which is on the lower level of the Trabant University Center.

Limited metered parking is available near Mechanical Hall. Additional visitor parking is available at the Trabant Parking Garage, which is located next to the Trabant University Center.

Additional information about visiting the University of Delaware, including campus and parking maps, can be found here.

Contact Information

Organizers: Dr. Amanda Zehnder, Ashley Rye-Kopec, Tiarna Doherty, Anne Cross, and Dr. Tiffany E. Barber

Please email ud.catlettsymposium@gmail.com if you have questions about this event.