April 6 & 7

The James A. Porter Colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators, and individuals in the field of African American Art and Visual Culture.

Established at Howard University in 1990, the Colloquium is named in honor of James A. Porter, the pioneering Art Historian and Professor, whose 1943 publication, Modern Negro Art, laid the foundation for the field of study. The annual Colloquium continues his legacy through dynamic programming, scholarly research, and artistic leadership.


The lifetime achievement honoree, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, is an internationally renown painter, printmaker, curator and art educator.

Chakaia Booker will be providing the Floyd Coleman Lecture on Friday, April 6th. Booker is a prominent artist known for her work using tires as a medium. Other mediums in which she works include metal fabrication, printmaking, painting and ceramics etc.

Saturday, April 7th at 2:15 pm is the Materiality and Space panel. Artists Gregory Coates, James Maurelle and Amber Robles-Gordon will each discuss their approach and explore the role space and materiality play in their studio practices and in the exhibition of their art.

All presentations during the Colloquium will take place at Howard University’s School of Business Auditorium. We hope to see you there! 2600 6th St NW  Washington, DC 20059


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