Lectures and Conference Presentations

ormes_torchybrown“Torchy Brown in Southville: Race, Place and “Fashionable” Activism in Jackie Ormes’s Comic Series,” 2016 International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 14-16, 2016 (upcoming).

“The Transatlantic Afterlife of Transforming the Crown: Recent Curatorial Practice and Black British Art,” Framing the Critical Decade: After the Black Arts Movement conference, The University of Bristol, Bristol, England, March 21-22, 2016 (upcoming).

“Creole Building Arts of New Orleans: An Art Historical Perspective,” Opening Plenary Session lecture, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) 40th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 25, 2015.

“Elizabeth Catlett in Mexico”: Intro to film screening of Betty y Pancho, The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, May 15, 2015.

Interview with artist Mickalene Thomas (Facilitated discussion with artist and audience members after presentation of the artist’s film entitled Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman: A Portrait of My Mother), Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

“Always Especially Treasured: Arthur P. Bedou’s Photographs and African American Catholicism in New Orleans,” part of the Collecting Art History symposium, Visual Arts Center, Department of Art History, The University of Texas at Austin, February 22, 2014.

The Long Memory: African Diaspora Art History and the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection,” Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, February 21, 2014.

“John McCrady’s Mardi Gras Day: Spectacle, Subversion and the New Orleans Baby Dolls,” Lecture presented in conjunction with the exhibition organized by Dr. Kim Vaz entitled They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition (On View January 2013 through January 2014 at The Louisiana State Museum at the Presbytere, New Orleans, LA), Lecture date: August 8, 2013.

“Arthur P. Bedou and Creole New Orleans,” Lecture presented as part of The New Orleans component of the nationally-produced Loving Festival, a celebration of multiracial perspectives, Antenna Gallery, June 8, 2013.

“Contemporary African Art: Issues of Diaspora and Display,” Lecture presented in conjunction with the Xavier Confucius Institute-organized colloquium called “Enjoying Chinese and African Art,” Xavier University Center, May 9, 2013.

“John Scott and his Legacy,” Gallery Talk in conjunction with the exhibition entitled Rhythm & Improvisation: John T. Scott & His Legacy, organized by the Louisiana Arts & Sciences Museum in Baton Rouge, May 9, 2013.

“Conjuring Women,” Gallery Talk in conjunction with Conjuring Women: Gender and Representation in the Xavier University Fine Art Collection, the exhibition that I organized to accompany the University’s first Women’s Studies Conference, “Gendered Perspectives: Recent Scholarship on Culture and Social Justice,” October 2012.

“Curatorial Practice and the Art of the African Diaspora: A Talk with Mora Beauchamp-Byrd,” Barnard College, NY, part of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies’ Film and Speaker Series, February 21, 2012.

“Yesterday’s Doorway: John Scott’s Iconographic Portraits of New Orleans,” Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS, part of African American Art symposium in conjunction with exhibition entitled Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South, February 23, 2012.

“Friday Night at NOMA: Arthur Bedou Lecture with Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, February 24, 2012.

“Introduction to Romare Bearden,” Presentation in conjunction with Macy’s 100th Birthday Celebration of Romare Bearden, Macy’s-Lakeside Mall, Metairie/New Orleans, LA, February 2, 2012.

“John Scott’s “Museum”: Art, Race and Appropriation,” St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA, in conjunction with the exhibition entitled John T. Scott: Prints and Sculptures from the New Orleans Museum of Art, October 23, 2011.

“Picturing Clementine Hunter: Folk Art, Race and Romanticized Louisiana,” part of An Introduction to Southern Art, collaborative lecture series organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood and Family Learning Center, New Orleans, LA, March 17, 2011.

“Frank Wyley and the Art Historical Canons,” part of An Introduction to Southern Art, collaborative lecture series organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood and Family Learning Center, New Orleans, LA, March 31, 2011.

“Beyond Black in Context: Ed Clark, Eugene Martin and John Scott,” lecture accompanying exhibition entitled Beyond Black: Ed Clark, Eugene Martin and John T. Scott, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA, February 13, 2011.

“John Scott’s “Museum”: Art, Race and Appropriation,” part of the Third Annual John Scott Studio Celebration, Library Resource Center, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, June 24, 2010.

“Yesterday’s Doorway: John Scott’s Iconographic Portraits of New Orleans,” lecture accompanying exhibition entitled A John Scott Retrospective, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, January 9, 2009.

“A Celebration of Faith: A Curatorial Perspective,” Lecture series accompanying the exhibition that I organized entitled A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family, St. Augustine Parish Hall, New Orleans, Sunday, August 17, 2008.

Co-convener (and introductory presentation), 2008 Clark Conference entitled “Art History and Diaspora: Genealogies, Theories, Practices,” Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, April 25-25, 2008.

“The Life and Art of John Scott,” Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College, Shreveport, LA, October 14th, 2007.

“Caribbean Art in the Diaspora: The Case of Great Britain,” National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, July 24, 2007.

“African American Emancipation as Theme in 19th and 20th Century Art,” Juneteenth lecture, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC, June 2005.

“Raised to the Trade: Tracing the Builders of New Orleans,” Curator’s lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Raised to the Trade: Creole Building Arts of New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, December 2002.

Curating the Caribbean panel, 12th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C., April 2001

“Gordon Parks: His Life and Work,” lecture in conjunction with the traveling retrospective Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, December 2000.

“Gordon Parks: His Life and Work,” lecture in conjunction with the traveling retrospective Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, June 2000.

“The Amistad Research Center,” Using Cultural Artifacts to Reconstruct a Different Sense of Place in Louisiana panel, Association of African American Museums (AAAM) 2000 Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 2000.

Collecting and Interpreting Lesbian and Gay History panel, American Association of Museums (AAM), 90th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 1995.

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