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Miller Lecture Addresses Multiple Identities in Art

Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons, one of the most important artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba, will deliver the fifth annual Dulcy B. Miller Lecture in Art and Art History on Friday, April 4.

The lecture, which is hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art in conjunction with the symposium “Global Eyes: New Ways of Seeing Art,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Campos-Pons will speak about her work and experience as an artist of Nigerian descent. In her work, she reassembles fragments and symbols of personal and collective memories to grapple with her imagined displacement from Africa, her actual exile from Cuba, and her experience as a black  Cuban woman living in North America.

The “Global Eyes” symposium, on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, in the Campus Center Carroll Room, explores how global influences are reshaping our understanding of the meaning of art. Presentations include “Whose Identity? Whose Difference? Reflections on Postcolonial Art Criticism,” by Matthew Rampley, School of Arts and Media, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom; “Globalization and the New, New Art History,” by Olu Oguibe, associate director of the Institute for African American Studies, University of Connecticut; and “Globalizing Art from the Margins,” by Shelly Errington, professor of anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz. See the complete program schedule.

The backdrop for the “Global Eyes” symposium is Museum of Art’s spring exhibition, “African Beaded Art: Power and Adornment,” on view through June 15, 2008.

4/2/08   Excerpted from Smith College Museum of Art press release
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