Free Public Lecture Series on Art in the Black Diaspora

Event: The Lectures on Art in the Black Diaspora series brings contemporary artists and scholars to The University of Texas at Austin to give free, public lectures focusing on how African American art of the black diaspora addresses larger human and artistic ideas. This series will run from September through November with presentations by: cultural critic and author Kobena Mercer, photographer Renee Cox and painter Beverly McIver. Mercer will be the first lecturer in this series. His lecture is titled "What Difference Does Diaspora Make? Art History After Globalization."

When: 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept 30

Where: Art Building (ART) 1.102. A map can be found online.

Background: The College of Fine Arts and the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin support this series presented by the Department of Art and Art History. Mercer writes about and teaches visual arts of the black diaspora. He is the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing awarded by the Clark Art Institute at Williams College. His first book, "Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies," opened up lines of inquiry in art, film and photography.

Learn more about this event online.