The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 30 No. 1 (2020)


Where are we Now?:
Collecting, Conservation and Collaborations
Published in 2020, this 64–page volume of the Hampton University Museum’s The International Review of African American Art is dedicated to current trends in art collecting, preservation and conservation and discusses how these fields have become more inclusive to people of color. Included in this issue are many color and black & white photographs of artists’ works, with very insightful commentaries by highly respected art reviewers.

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Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

Assistant Editor
Deanna Brooks

Executive Publisher
William R. Harvey, Ed.D.

In 2015, an innovative issue of The International Review of African American Art received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to look at preservation, conservation and care of museum and library collections. The theme for this special issue of the journal was Connecting the Three C’s: Collection, Conservation and Collaboration. In that edition, former  Curator of Collections, Mary Lou Hultgren, wrote an article that centered around the work of the collaborative exhibition, To Conserve a Legacy, and its impact on preserving art in Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCUs) museums and galleries, as well as introducing African American students to the conservation field.

Here we are in 2020 and we ask the question “Where are we now?” Dr. Jontyle Robinson provides a provocative update on both the strides and hindrances to the museum field, particularly in the specialized area of conservation for African Americans and people of color. We also look at the collaboration that involves a monetary donation that has aided an HBCU to not only restore some significant murals, but to help to provide a state-of-the-art museum to house the murals. The historic murals painted by Hale Woodruff for Savery Library at Talladega College have found a permanent home. We have also included a reprint of an article by High Museum curator, Stephanie Mayer Heydt, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals,” that looks at the collaboration between the High Museum of Art and Talladega College’s development of the traveling exhibition, Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.

A special tribute is included in this issue for one of our greats, Dr. David Driskell, art historian, artist, scholar and friend.

— Excerpt from “Letter from the Editor—Where are we Now?: Collecting, Conservation and Collaborations” by Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

Feature Articles and Contributors:

“Letter from the Editor—Where are we Now?: Collecting, Conservation and Collaborations”, Vanessa D. Thaxton–Ward, Ph.D.

“Reflections from Dr. David C. Driskell (1931–2020)”, Friends of David Driskell

“Diversification in Art Conservation: Diverting the Crisis”, Jontyle Theresa Robinson, Ph.D.

“Supporting Our Own: The William R. Harvey Museum of Art, Talladega College”, Caitlin Cox

“Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals”, Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Ph.D.

News & Reviews

“The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Response to COVID–19”

“Life and Work in the Midst of COVID–19”

Bibliographic Details

Title:                                      The International Review of African American Art

Publisher:                            The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia

Publication Date:              2020

Binding:                                Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:                Excellent

Book Type:                           Quarterly Magazine

Shipping Terms:

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