Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture

SAT, MAR 14, 2009 (54:54)

Dr. Richard J. Powell discusses his new book, Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture. He examines the distinctive nature of modern and contemporary portraits of people of African descent. He shows that these images can be viewed as a category of portraiture that differs significantly from depictions of people with other racial and ethnic backgrounds.

+ BIO: Richard Powell

Dr. Richard J Powell, was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Art Bulletin for a three year term in 2007. He studied at Morehouse College and Howard University before earning his doctorate in art history at Yale University. Along with teaching courses in the arts of the African Diaspora, American art, and contemporary visual studies, he has written extensively on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism, including such titles as Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1991), Jacob Lawrence (1992), and Black Art: A Cultural History (1997 & 2002). His latest book, Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008), is about 19th, 20th, and 21st century portraits of peoples of African descent in paintings, photographs, graphic arts, and cinema.

High Museum of Art
African American Culture Series
African Culture Series