The Making of Riffs and Relations: Exhibiting “African American Art” in the Twenty-first Century

Curator Adrienne Childs will discuss her exhibition, "Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition," which opens at the Phillips Collection in February 2020. Riffs and Relations will present works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th century European artists with whom they engaged. The exhibition will explore the important, yet complicated influence European Mondernism on black artists for more than a century and includes the work of artists such as Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, Wassily Kandisnky, Norman Lewis, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Faith Ringgold, Ha Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:15pm

Edmund A. Walsh Memorial, 495
1221 36th St., N.W., Washington

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Visual Arts, Special Events, Student Events, Social Justice, Graduate Student


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public


Georgetown College, African American Studies, American Studies Program, Art and Art History



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Emily Aufuldish

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