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), the exhibition is curated by Robert O’Meally, Center for Jazz Studies Director and Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature. It has been 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.