Coming to Terms: Robert Colescott
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Lowery Stokes Sims, Carrie Mae Weems, Mimi Roberts
Join legendary curator and art historian Lowery Stokes Sims for a panel discussion featuring Mimi Roberts and artist Carrie Mae Weems. Presented in conjunction with the New Museum's exhibition Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, this conversation will explore Robert Colescott’s far-reaching impact on art and culture and will include an introduction from Lucas Museum director and CEO Sandra Jackson-Dumont.
This conversation is co-hosted with the New Museum.
The Lucas Museum acquired Robert Colescott's monumental 1975 painting George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook last year at auction. Writing about the painting in 1984 for Artforum, program participant Lowery Stokes Sims called it “a veritable masterpiece of unparalleled formal rigor and graphic grandeur,” which “radically rewrites the American national self-mythology, parodying the grandeur of historical genre painting while exposing the structural racial divides of the United States.” Read more about the acquisition.
The painting is currently on view in the New Museum's exhibition Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott until October 9, 2022.