The Robert P. Madison Family Distinguished Lecture in African & African American Art

African & African American Art

The Robert P. Madison Family in Memory of Leatrice B. Madison Endowment Fund supports an annual public lecture that educates the community about the importance of the museum’s African and African American collections and may explore themes for future exhibitions and scholarship.


Past Events

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The CMA's curator of African art, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, presents “African Art: Old Idioms / New Forms in Our Fashion.” He aims to expand understanding of the arts of Africa through landmark acquisitions and innovative exhibition strategies that link historical, modern, and contemporary African arts.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

In this talk, Dr. Michael Harris discusses the creation of and challenges presented by a new mode of thinking about African American art.

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:30 am
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While filming Question Bridge: Black Males, the artists encountered a compelling question and answer exchange between a younger participant and an older civil-rights activist. The question, “Why didn't you leave us the blueprint?” was posed to those who brought the civil rights movement to glory, and elicited a variety of different answers.