The current exhibit at the Hunter, “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” is not only a stunner in its own right, but has sparked some insightful related events.
On Sunday, April 27, from 1-4 p.m. the Hunter Museum of American Art will host its first undergraduate student symposium. Topic: Race in America.
Four students from regional colleges have been selected to present their research on the interdisciplinary topic. Students presenting include Liz Simakoff, an economics student from Covenant College (performance and identity in the 1960s photographs of Gordon Parks); Megan Oelgoetz, a studio art student from Austin Peay State University (the cultural hybridity of spiritual art created in New Mexico in the 19th century); Heather Murray, an accounting student from the UTC (rap and political activism in the 21st century), and Barry Bookheimer, a history and engineering student from UTC (historical Western perceptions of Vodou and its relation to arts practice).
Dr. Andrea Becksvoort, lecturer in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will serve as a respondent for the panelists, and Rebecca Theus, a history student at Southern Adventist University, will conclude the afternoon with a special tour of the current exhibition. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org