Exhibition & Conference
September 8 - December 2, 2007 Spencer Museum of Art
The University of Kansas
Aaron Douglas:
African American Modernist
Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist Home Page Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist Exhibition 'Aaron Douglas and the Arts of the Harlem Renaissance' interdisciplinary conference - September 28-29, 2007 Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist

Conference Agenda

Friday, September 28, 2007:

5:30 – 7:00: Opening reception for the exhibition and conference
7:00: Keynote address by Dr. Richard J. Powell (Duke) - "Paint that Thing! Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance Call to Modernism"
8:30: Banquet in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union - $50

Saturday, September 29, 2007:

8:00: Continental breakfast and registration
9:00: Welcome by William J. Harris
9:15 – 10:00: Historical/Cultural Context: Gerald Early (Washington University, St. Louis), Hall Center Lecturer - "The New Negro Movement and What It Wrought"
10:00 – 10:45: Art: Amy Kirschke (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) - "Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance: The Visual Rhetoric of Identity and Memory"
10:45 – 11:15: Mid-morning break
11:15 – noon: Literature: Farah Jasmine Griffin (Columbia) - "Aaron Douglas and The Literary Luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance"
noon – 1:30: Buffet lunch available for attendees and participants - $15
Book signing
1:30 – 2:15: Music: Robert O'Meally (Columbia) - "Aaron Douglas's Concentric Circles: Kings and Queens of the Blues"
2:15 – 3:00: Dance: Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Temple, emerita) - "The Stories Pictures Tell: Dance Footprints in Selected Works of Aaron Douglas"
3:00 – 3:15: Break
3:15 – 4:00: Theatre: David Krasner (Emerson College) "Dark Tower and the Saturday Nighters: Two Directions in African American Drama"
4:00 – 4:45: An Artist's Perspective: Terry Adkins (University of Pennsylvania) "The Vigilant Torch of an Olympian Painter"
4:45 – 5:30: Roundtable
5:30 – 6:30: Reception
8:00 - 11:00: Cabaret & Harlem Renaissance-style "Rent Party" at the Kansas Union Ballroom - $10 general public, $5 students with I.D.
Refreshments / Cabaret performances conceived and directed by KU alumnus Eric Avery
Live jazz by Kansas City's American Jazz Museum All Stars with Bobby Watson: Watson (alto sax), Tyrone Clark (bass), Gerald Dunn (tenor sax), Jason Goudeau (trombone), Al Pearson (trumpet), and Monica Warren (percussion)
Additional music by Lawrence deejay Josh Powers (a.k.a. Scenebooster)