Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor Symposium

Friday, February 22, 2019, 1 – 6PM

A drawing in black of a woman sitting down on a chair.

Bill Traylor, Untitled (Seated Woman), ca. 1940–1942, pencil and opaque watercolor on paperboard. Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson © 1994, Bill Traylor Family Trust. Photo by Gene Young

The simplified forms of Bill Traylor's artwork belie the complexity of his world, creativity, and inspiring bid for self-definition in a segregated culture. Join us for an afternoon of discussions and lectures on topics related to the exhibition, Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor. A distinguished group of scholars provide new insights and information about how one man's visual record of African American life gives larger meaning to the story of the nation.

Speakers include:

Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Radcliffe Bailey, artist
William Ferris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Randall Seth Morris, independent curator, writer, and co-owner of Cavin-Morris Gallery
Diana Baird N'Diaye, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Richard J. Powell, Duke University
Leslie Umberger, exhibition curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The program is free and open to the public.

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Support for the Margaret Z. Robson Symposium Series is provided by Douglas O. Robson