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Richard J. Powell

John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
114 Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 9, A287C, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Love Will Find A Way: The Plaints and Acclamations of Alabama Artists · November 16, 2019 Lecture Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Archibald Motley: Visual Pundit · May 16, 2019 Lecture Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Conversation with Greg Tate · May 9, 2019 Interview Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC., Washington, DC
Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar · May 7, 2019 Lecture Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Gallery Talk: David Hammons' How Ya Like Me Now? · March 30, 2019 Invited Talk Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD
Love Will Find A Way: The Plaints and Acclamations of Alabama Artists · November 16, 2019 Lecture Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Archibald Motley: Visual Pundit · May 16, 2019 Lecture Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Conversation with Greg Tate · May 9, 2019 Interview Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC., Washington, DC
Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar · May 7, 2019 Lecture Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Gallery Talk: David Hammons' How Ya Like Me Now? · March 30, 2019 Invited Talk Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD
The Minstrel Stain · March 19, 2019 Lecture Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Bill Traylor's Yellow Chicken · February 22, 2019 Lecture Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
The Aesthetics of the Cool Revisited: Two Portraits by William H. Johnson · November 9, 2018 Lecture Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Black Parnassus · October 19, 2018 Lecture Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Drawing the Color Line: The Art of Ollie Harrington · April 26, 2018 Keynote/Named Lecture Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Blue in Green: Jacob Lawrence and Viridian. · March 30, 2018 Lecture University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Black, Bronze, Blues: The Black Metropolis, Between Past & Future: Race, Urban Planning & Afro-American Culture in Chicago · November 16, 2017 Lecture Universite Paris Diderot, Paris, France
Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar · November 7, 2017 Lecture American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
Art contemporain africain-americain? Conscience politique et esthetique noire, faire face a l'histoire du racisme · June 2, 2017 Lecture Festival de l'Histoire de l'Art, Fontainebleau, France
Museological Territories: The American Wing Think Tank · December 8, 2016 Lecture The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Color Line in African American Art · October 20, 2016 Lecture EDUCO, Paris, France
Dialogue: The Color Line · October 10, 2016 Lecture Terra Foundation for American Art Center & Library, Paris, France
Souls Illustrated. · April 14, 2016 Lecture St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Going There: Considering Black Visual Satire - Richard D. Cohen Lecture Series on African and African American Art · March 29, 2016 - March 31, 2016 Keynote/Named Lecture Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
I Hate the Banjo Lesson! · February 4, 2016 Lecture College Art Association, Washington, DC
Blue in Green: Jacob Lawrence and Viridian · October 15, 2015 Lecture Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Fat Man in Bronzeville: Archibald Motley's Witness to Modernity. · March 9, 2015 Lecture Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Children of the Night · January 17, 2015 Lecture Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Fat Man in Bronzeville: Archibald Motley's Witness to Modernity. · October 28, 2014 Lecture Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction · October 23, 2014 Lecture National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Black Visual Aesthetics · July 17, 2014 Lecture NEH Summer Institute for Colleges and University Teachers, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Atlanta, GA
Fat Man in Bronzeville: Archibald Motley's Witness to Modernity. · June 19, 2014 Lecture Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
Sudanesia · May 12, 2014 Lecture DAK'ART 2014, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Dakar, Senegal
Comments, Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect · April 26, 2014 Lecture Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
African American Studies' Visual Turn: Souls Illustrated · April 24, 2014 Lecture Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Fat Man in Bronzeville: Archibald Motley's Witness to Modernity · February 28, 2014 Lecture Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
Richard J. Powell & Darlene Clark Hine: In Conversation · February 28, 2014 Lecture Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
The Image of the Black in Western Art: The 20th Century · February 23, 2014 Lecture National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Changing, Conjuring Reality · January 22, 2014 Lecture Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist · December 13, 2013 Lecture Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
African American Close-Up: Students Curating Online · November 15, 2013 Lecture Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Wounded Zouave (and Infantry Man) · November 8, 2013 Lecture CASVA/National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
African American Art in the 20th Century · October 13, 2013 Lecture Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
In Conversation: Modern African American Art · June 1, 2013 Lecture Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Devotional Memorial · May 3, 2013 Lecture Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Seventeenth Annual W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Lecture: The Souls of Black Folk Illustrated · February 11, 2013 Lecture Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, MA
150 Years of Civil Rights in American Art · February 6, 2013 Lecture Oh Freedom! Online Conference, Smithsonian Institution
William H. Johnson: Primitivism, Modernism & African American Culture · January 20, 2013 Lecture Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Moroccan Architecture: An Overview, "Ali Zaoua - Prince of the Streets," & "Contemporary Moroccan Artists" · December 14, 2012 Lecture Fez, Ouarzazate & Marrakech, Morocco
Changing, Conjuring Reality · October 27, 2012 Lecture Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Jungle Beauty: Harlem Renaissance Portraits, their Sitters, & their Makers · May 18, 2012 Lecture Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
New Negroes, Harlem & Jazz · April 23, 2012 Lecture Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Landscape/Escape: Towards an African American Landscape · March 4, 2012 Lecture Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Bridges · December 10, 2011 Lecture Department of African American Studies, Yale University
Valorization, Effacement & Rupture in the History of Black American Art in France · November 9, 2011 Lecture Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Point/Counterpoint Dialogue: Richard J. Powell and Glenda Gilmore · September 11, 2011 Lecture Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC
Rick Powell & Julie Dash: In Conversation · September 8, 2011 Lecture Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Ethiopia Awakened, Harlem Sublimated: Aaron Douglas's Call to Modernism · May 28, 2011 Lecture Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
The Riddle of the Sphinx · April 2, 2011 Lecture Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Voyage to Atlantis · February 1, 2011 Lecture Franz Fanon Salle, Fort-de-France, Martinique
Beauties Revisited · January 19, 2011 Lecture Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
The Deep · September 15, 2010 Lecture The Phillips Collection
Diaspora and Exile: Black Women Artists in 1960s Europe · April 15, 2010 Lecture Cornell University
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · April 6, 2010 Lecture University of Cincinnati
Donyale Luna · April 2, 2010 Lecture School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Contemporary Moroccan Artists · February 18, 2010 Lecture Marrakech, Morocco
Ali Zaoua - Prince of the Streets · February 12, 2010 Lecture Ouarzazate, Morocco
Franco-American Images of Morocco · February 7, 2010 Lecture Fez, Morocco
Barkley L. Hendricks: Cutting a Figure · November 21, 2009 Lecture Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · November 13, 2009 Lecture Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Minstrelsy Uncorked: Thomas Eakins' Empathetic Realism · November 4, 2009 Lecture National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · October 22, 2009 Lecture National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
On Kerry James Marshall · October 16, 2009 Lecture Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · October 6, 2009 Lecture Yale University, New Haven, CT
Activating Heaven: Ras Ishi Butcher · September 12, 2009 Lecture Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Barkley L. Hendricks: Cutting a Figure · July 30, 2009 Lecture Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · May 18, 2009 Lecture University College London, London, United Kingdom
African Art in Europe: An Overview · May 15, 2009 Lecture Venice International University, Venice, Italy
Rick Powell & Deb Willis: In Conversation · May 5, 2009 Lecture Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Black Aesthetic Workshop · April 16, 2009 Lecture University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
African Americans & the Art of Printmaking · April 2, 2009 Lecture Paine College, Augusta, GA
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · March 14, 2009 Lecture High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
African Americans & the Art of Printmaking · March 8, 2009 Lecture Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Art & Curatorial Practices in the Caribbean · February 14, 2009 Lecture University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
Patronage & African American Artists of the 1930s · February 8, 2009 Lecture Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture · February 6, 2009 Lecture Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Blues Aesthetic Redux · January 18, 2009 Lecture Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Aaron Douglas's Call to Modernism · November 24, 2008 Lecture Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
A Conversation with Dr. Walter O. Evans, Art Collector & executive Director of the Jacob & Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation · September 17, 2008 Lecture Golden Belt, Durham, NC
Barkley L. Hendricks · May 22, 2008 Lecture Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
Aaron Douglas's Call to Modernism · May 8, 2008 Lecture Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Diaspora and Exile: Black Women Artists in 1960s Europe · April 25, 2008 Lecture Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Paesaggio/Fuga. Dominazione e organizzazione nelle immagini afro-americane dell'Ottocentro · April 17, 2008 Lecture Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia, Italy
The Black Arts Movement · March 15, 2008 Lecture Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Landscape/Escape: Subjugation and Agency in 19th-Century Images of African Americans · March 13, 2008 Lecture University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Getting a 'New Head': 19th-Century Images of Black Women's Head Adornments · February 19, 2008 Lecture Rice University, Houston, TX
The Art of Kara Walker · January 17, 2008 Lecture Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

Service to the Profession


Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship Jury · December 14, 2012 Other American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Jury · December 14, 2012 Other National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
National Museum of African American History & Culture Scholarly Advisory Committee · 2012 - 2015 Other Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Arts of the African Diaspora Workshop · February 3, 2011 Event/Organization Administration Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University
Selection Committee, David C. Driskell Award, High Museum of Art, Committee Member · January 8, 2008 Other