Sunday, February 11, 2024
2:00pm – 3:30PM
472 Main Street
Ridgefield , CT 06877
How Art History has Shaped my Career as an Artist and a Teacher with Randy Williams Professor of Art emeritus, Manhattanville College
(snow date – Sunday, February 25)
Celebrating Black History Month – this lecture will focus on groundbreaking exhibitions at vital art institutions in New York City that shaped Williams’s career as a longstanding professor of art at Manhatanville College and museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Williams will examine the controversial “Harlem on My Mind” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969 which eventually pushed mainstream art institutions to feature black art exhibitions.
He will also look at the “Whitney Counterweight” exhibition in 1977 where independent artists reacted to the exclusive Whitney Biennial. Finally, Williams will examine the incentive for establishing the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Black-owned Art Gallery Just Above Midtown.