new rescheduled date: 4/26/17
Avid Bookshop presents curator Shawnya L. Harris in celebration of her book Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at our Prince Ave. location. This will be a meet-and-greet author event and there is no admission charge.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This exhibition and its catalogue showcase fifty-eight works by artists in Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson’s collection of art by African Americans. It also celebrates the inception of the Thompsons’ endowed curatorship held by Dr. Shawnya L. Harris, who wrote the lead essay in this volume. The Thompsons donated one hundred works of art to the Georgia Museum of Art in 2012, and this exhibition provides an overview of certain aspects of the Thompsons’ commitment to art collecting over the last several decades in tandem with discussions about the shifting artistic and political landscape for African American artists found in their collection. Artists featured include Amalia Amaki, Kara Walker, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Hale Woodruff, Charles Ethan Porter, Norman Lewis, Stefanie Jackson, Bob Blackburn, Archibald Motley, Howardena Pindell, and Mildred Thompson.
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Shawnya L. Harris is the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art at the Georgia Museum of Art. Harris was previously at Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where she taught courses in African American art, twentieth-century art and art appreciation, as well as survey courses on the history of Western art. She holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, and she received her bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Yale University. She has also served as director of the University Galleries at North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, North Carolina, as an art consultant at North Carolina Central University’s art museum, and as a research assistant at UNC Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum.