Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 3, 2019 – Mechanical Hall Gallery

5-7 p.m. – Celebratory Reception


Friday, October 4, 2019 – Trabant Theater

8:30 – Coffee and registration

9:00 – Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Amanda Zehnder, Chief Curator, Museums, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press

9:15 – Transnational Solidarity and Radical Empathy: Elizabeth Catlett, Life and Art

 Dr. Melanie Herzog, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History at Edgewood College

10:15 – Intermission

10:30 – Morning Session

Introduction of Speakers and Respondent – Ashley Rye-Kopec, Curator of Education and Outreach, Museums, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press

“There is a Woman in Every Color”: Color, Skin and Racial Identity in Elizabeth Catlett’s Prints – Michelle Donnelly, Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

From the Black Feminist Matrix: Artistic and Biological Reproduction in Elizabeth Catlett’s Late Career Prints – Rebecca VanDiver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of African American art history, Department of History of Art, Vanderbilt University

Angela Libre: Elizabeth Catlett, Pop Art and the Campaign to Free Angela Davis during the Global Sixties – Dalila Scruggs, Ph.D., Independent scholar and museum educator, Brooklyn Museum

11:30 – Discussion

Respondent: Mali Collins-White, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English, University of Delaware

12:15 – Lunch Break

The exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett from the Collection of Samella Lewis is open to the public from noon until 6 p.m. in the Mechanical Hall Gallery.

2:15 – Afternoon Session

Introduction of Speakers and Respondent – Tiarna Doherty, Graduate Assistant, Museums, and PhD student, Art History

On Blackness in Modern Art of Mexico, 1920s and 30s – George Flaherty, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latinx art history, and Director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Lessons in Disobedience: Samella Lewis and the American Art  Museum – J.V. Decemvirale, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara

What We Cain’t Do: Pedagogy and the Art of Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, and Dewey Crumpler – Benjamin Jones, Ph.D. student, Northwestern University

3:15 – Discussion

Respondent: Rose Salseda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University

4:00 – Closing Remarks

Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies, University of Delaware