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Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College

Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College
Friday, October 4, 2013
New York University
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South

 

A Symposium




A one-day symposium focusing on the historical and artistic significance of Hale Woodruff's work, including the Talladega Murals, took place at New York University on Friday, October 4, 2013, in conjunction with the exhibition that was displayed at New York University's 80WSE Gallery from July 20-October 13, 2013. Transcripts from the symposium talks and panels can be accessed at the links below.


The Rising Up exhibit is currently on view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture through March 1, 2015.


Morning Sessions

Keynote Address: Hale Woodruff and the New Negro Initiative

Excerpts from a presentation by Edmund Barry Gaither, The National Center of Afro-American Artists.


Plenary 1

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Modernity and Heritage in Hale Woodruff's Teaching and Art

Hale Woodruff and the Mysterious Matador

Excerpts from a presentation by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Spelman College.

Paradigms for Freedom: Hale Woodruff, the New Negro Agenda and Landscape

Excerpts from a presentation by LeRonn Brooks, Lehman College.


Plenary 2

Hale Woodruff in Context: Transforming the Image

Hale Woodruff in Atlanta: Art, Academics, Activism and Africa

Excerpts from a presentation by Amalia K. Amaki, Artist and Art Historian.

[Hale Woodruff in Context]

Excerpts from a presentation by Cheryl Finley, Cornell University.



Afternoon Sessions

Keynote Address: Putting Africa Back Into the Amistad Rebellion

Excerpts from a presentation by Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh.


Plenary 3

The Amistad Rebellion Reconsidered in an American Context

The Cuban Slave Trade in the Age of the Amistad

Excerpts from a presentation by Jorge Felipe Gonzalez (read by Ada Ferrer, Professor of History, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU), Havana.

[A comparison of the legal approaches of John Quincy Adams and Joseph Story in the Amistad case]

Excerpts from a presentation by Earl Maltz, Rutgers University School of Law.

Art and the Amistad

Excerpts from a presentation by lyunolu Osagie, Pennsylvania State University.


Plenary 4

The Wider Context and Implications of the Amistad Affair

Mapping Movement and Consciousness in the Afro-Atlantic World

Excerpts from a presentation by Claude Clegg, Indiana University.

The Atlantic Slave Trade in the Era of Abolition

Excerpts from a presentation by Philip Misevich, St. John's University.

Gendering the Memory of Resistance in the History of the Middle Passage

Excerpts from a presentation by Sowande Mustakeem, Washington University.






Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College

President Billy C. Hawkins Talladega College



Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College
Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College
Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College

Dean Mary Brabeck Steinhardt School of Culture New York University


Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College
Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College

Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College

Edmund Barry Gaither Director and Curator
The National Center of Afro-American Artists


Hale Woodruff's Mural at Talladega College

Deborah Willis
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University



Photos: Elena Olivo