Beyond the Block: The Public Art of Romare Bearden

A virtual conversation on Romare Bearden’s public art
June 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm ET

A conversation dedicated to the lesser-studied sphere of Romare Bearden’s art making: his public art. In his later career, he translated his iconic collage making practice into larger-than-life ceramic, mosaic and painted murals displayed in salient communal spaces around New York, Charlotte, Baltimore and more. Oftentimes, these works served as an initial meeting ground, introducing Bearden to the general public.

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Fakes and Forgeries

A virtual conversation
November 17, 2022

The WPI hosted Special Agent Christopher McKeogh from the Art Crime division of the FBI. SA McKeogh gave a presentation on some of the notable cases he’s seen in recent times, what to look out for, and what art world experts can do to fight back against these fraudulent activities.

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Photographers on Bearden

A virtual conversation Frank Stewart and Chester Higgins, Jr.
November 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm ET

In celebration of the launch of the Romare Bearden Papers on the Digital Archives, the WPI hosted a webinar featuring renowned photographers Frank Stewart and Chester Higgins, Jr., in a conversation moderated by Dalila Scruggs, Curator of Photography and Prints at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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The Role of the Leo Castelli Gallery in the Advent of ‘Pop Art’

A Pop Places webinar
October 11, 2022

Leo Castelli established his gallery’s direction when it opened in the late 1950s by exhibiting the work of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Their art marked a shift away from the prevailing mode of abstract expressionism by employing objects and signs from the everyday environment, popular culture, and the mass media. By the mid-1960s the Castelli Gallery was considered among the most influential “Pop Places,” exhibiting works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist along with that of Johns and Rauschenberg. Bernstein, who frequented the Castelli gallery after arriving in New York in 1966 as an art history graduate student examines the origins of the galley as center for the various directions of Pop, including her personal experiences.

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