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The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the only museum in the nation emphasizing art by and about women of the African Diaspora.

This original podcast series highlights Black women cultural producers and our exhibitions and programs.

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The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the only museum in the nation emphasizing art by and about women of the African Diaspora.

This original podcast series highlights Black women cultural producers and our exhibitions and programs.

    Reflections on David C. Driskell’s Enduring Legacy

    Reflections on David C. Driskell’s Enduring Legacy

    In this Be Your Own Muse exclusive conversation, Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Dr. Kirsten Pai Buick, Naima Keith, and Valerie Cassel Oliver (who are each recipients of the Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History) discuss the artistic legacy and influence of David C. Driskell. They reflect on David’s impact as a mentor, colleague, and confidant and discuss his commitment to “growing the field,” expanding opportunities for African Americans in the arts, and supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

    Correction at 3:24: The correct name of the foundation mentioned is the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation.

    • 49 min
    Community Reflections on Mildred Thompson

    Community Reflections on Mildred Thompson

    "Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 –2003" opened with a roundtable conversation on the impact of her work and presence on September 11, 2019. Later that evening, we recorded a live segment inside the Museum where the community was invited to share reflections on Thompson as an artist, friend, mentor, inspiration, and/or colleague.

    • 23 min
    "Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 – 2003” Co-Curators

    "Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 – 2003” Co-Curators

    “Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 – 2003” exhibition co-curators Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D. and Melissa Messina explore Thompson’s legacy in Atlanta as an artist, educator, and creative force and discuss the themes present in her work.

    “Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years, 1986 – 2003” is on view at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art September 11 through December 7, 2019.

    Image: Detail of "Radiation Explorations 12," 1994, Oil on canvas,
    Courtesy The Estate of Mildred Thompson and Galerie Lelong & Co., New York.

    • 35 min
    Anne Collins Smith

    Anne Collins Smith

    Anne Collins Smith, our Curator of Collections, discusses how she approached organizing “Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection" and details the College's history of collecting and prioritizing art.

    In addition, Collins Smith shares with us a few pivotal moments and decisions she has made in her career as a lifelong learner, curator, caretaker, instigator, conjure woman, and advocate of artistic engagement.

    “Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection" is presented alongside "Amy Sherald," and is on view through May 18, 2019.

    • 32 min
    Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D.

    Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D.

    Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., shares some thoughts on her recent publication, “Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums.”

    Additionally, Dr. Cole talks about how she came to major in anthropology, when art began to matter to her, and how she supported the founding of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art during her tenure as Spelman College president (1987-1997). She also highlights some of the decision-making criteria she uses to evaluate leadership opportunities where several of her mentors are identified.

    This conversation also features an excerpt of a recording of Dr. Cole in dialogue with current Spelman College president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., which was moderated by the Museum’s director, Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D.

    • 39 min
    T. Lang

    T. Lang

    Dancer and Choreographer T. Lang discusses the original work she created in conversation with our Fall 2018 exhibition, “Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness,” titled “Untitled…Dark Lioness.”

    Lang delves into how she interprets Muholi’s work, the influence of travel on her dance language, and the expansion of her dance company, T. Lang Dance, into a non-profit organization.

    "Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness" is on view at the Spelman College Museum Fine Art now through December 8, 2018.

    • 37 min

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