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Thursday, November 7, 2019

NATIONAL | ArtTable’s Annual Leadership Series | The Politics of Portraiture: Amy Sherald in Conversation with Tuliza Fleming

Start Date: 11/7/2019 6:30 PM EST
End Date: 11/7/2019 8:00 PM EST

Venue Name: Manny Cantor Educational Alliance

197 E Broadway
New York, NY  United States  10002

Organization Name: ArtTable

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ArtTable’s Annual Leadership Series returns this year with Artist Amy Sherald, and Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Tuliza Fleming. 

“‘Artists of color are using portraiture to author a narrative of people that art history was written without. It speaks to the human condition and holds up a mirror to life.’”- Amy Sherald in conversation with Marc Payot, Partner and Vice President of Hauser and Wirth for her upcoming exhibition Amy Sherald the Heart of the Matter...

Celebrated for her presidential portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, Sherald positions her subjects firmly within our understanding of American Art, reimagining the style of traditional portraiture to construct layered identities through colorful compositions. Sherald will be in conversation with Dr. Tuliza Fleming whose tenure at the National Museum of African American History and Culture has shaped national collections and exhibitions that celebrate and critique American culture. 

ArtTable’s Annual Leadership series presents a public forum featuring a distinguished roster of artists, change-makers and leaders in our field to discuss relevant and emerging issues for those working in arts and culture.

About Amy Sherald
Born in 1973 in Columbus, GA, Amy Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience in the United States through arresting, otherworldly portraits. Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, inviting viewers to engage in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and to situate black heritage centrally in the story of American art.

Sherald received her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997). She was the first woman and first African-American ever to receive first prize in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.; in February 2018, the museum unveiled her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Sherald has also received the 2018 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA, the 2018 Pollock Prize for Creativity, and the 2017 Anonymous Was A Woman grant. Her solo exhibition "heart of the matter.." opened at Hauser & Wirth NYC in September 2019. Alongside her painterly practice, Sherald has worked for almost two decades along-side socially committed creative initiatives, including teaching art in prisons and art projects with teenagers.

Public collections include Embassy of the United States, Dakar, Senegal; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; The Columbus Museum; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; and Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC.

About Tuliza Fleming:
Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  During her tenure, she played a critical role in building the Museum’s art collection, served as lead curator for the inaugural exhibition Visual Art and the American Experience (2016), curated Clementine Hunter: Life on Melrose Plantation (2018), and co-curated Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment (2010).  Prior to her current position, she was the Associate Curator of American Art at the Dayton Art Institute where she organized exhibitions such as The Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Monet and the Age of American Impressionism.  

Fleming received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland.  Her publications include, “Visual Art and the American Experience: Creating an Art Gallery in a History and Culture Museum,” Art and Public History: Approaches, Opportunities, and Challenges; “Cover Stories: The Fusion of Art and Literature During the Harlem Renaissance,” Dream a World Anew: The African American Experience and The Shaping of America; “The Convergence of Aesthetics, Politics and Culture: Jeff Donaldson’s Wives of Shango,” AfriCOBRA: Philosophy; and, Breaking Racial Barriers: African American Portraits in the Harmon Foundation Collection.

Image credits:
Amy Sherald by Jordan Geiger
Tuliza Fleming

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