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About The Colloquium


The James A. Porter Colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators, and individuals in the field of African American Art and Visual Culture. Established at Howard University in 1990, the Colloquium is named in honor of James A. Porter, the pioneering Art Historian and Professor, whose 1943 publication, Modern Negro Art, laid the foundation for the field of study. The annual Colloquium continues his legacy through dynamic programming, scholarly research, and artistic leadership. Past Colloquium presenters have included such leading scholars and artists as Huey Copeland, David C. Driskell, Ann Gibson, Sam Gilliam, Leslie King Hammond, Samella Lewis, Sarah Lewis, Richard Long, Kobena Mercer, Sharon F. Patton, Lowery Stokes Sims, Franklin Sirmans, Robert Farris Thompson, Alvia J. Wardlaw, Deborah Willis, and Judith Wilson.

This year’s presentation of the Howard University Department of Art’s James A. Porter Colloquium is presented in conjunction with The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora and the Howard University Gallery of Art. All Colloquium events will be held at the Amour J. Blackburn Center on the campus of Howard University, with the exception of the Thursday evening’s Annual David C. Driskell Lecture to be held on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Admission to all Colloquium lectures and sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required.