The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

The first panel of this symposium will explore the broader artistic, cultural, and political contexts of the work of Bearden and his contemporaries and the uses Homer is put. The four papers will address issues ranging from cultural politics to race and the reception of Homer in its modern iterations in the work of Derek Walcott, Ralph Ellison, and other Harlem artists as well as in the translations of the Iliad in Turkey. The second panel on adaptation and translation will explore the broader artistic, cultural, and political contexts of the work of Bearden and his contemporaries and the...

Columbia to Explore Romare Bearden's A Black Odyssey

A traveling Smithsonian exhibition, Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, * made its final stop at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery in November. Centered around collages based on Homer’s Odyssey by the celebrated African American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) and curated by Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, the exhibition is the focal point of a unique yearlong, University-wide exploration of Bearden’s iconic work. Departments and schools, students and faculty across Columbia, from the Core Curriculum to the Global Centers, are engaging in an array of public programs, including lectures and conferences, jazz and spoken word performances, and other special events on and off campus that will continue through the Spring of 2015.

For updates and to register for events please visit www.columbia.edu/bearden. Watch this Video by the Columbia News Video Team for more information about this exciting project.

 

*Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Romare Bearden Foundation and Estate and DC Moore Gallery. The exhibition and its related educational resources are supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.