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Richard J. Powell

Born, 1953 in Chicago, USA.

A hugely important figure in the fields of research, scholarship, publishing and curating of African American and African Diaspora visual arts, Richard J. Powell is a Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He studied Fine Arts at Morehouse College, Atlanta and Howard University, Washington DC, before undertaking a doctoral programme at Yale University, New Haven. Powell is responsible for a number of publications relating to African American art and art of the African Diaspora, including Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson, 1991; Jacob Lawrence 1992 and Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century (1997, reissued in 2002 as Black Art: A Cultural History). Powell has also organised, curated and co-curated a significant number of key exhibitions relating to African American art and art of the African Diaspora. These include The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, 1989; Rhapsodies in Black; Art of the Harlem Renaissance, 1997; To Conserve a Legacy: American Art at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1999; Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow, 2002 and Back to Black, 2005.

For the Rhapsodies in Black catalogue he contributed a major essay which sought to contextualise and introduce the exhibition. it was titled Re/Birth of a Nation, pp. 14 - 33.

He delivered a paper as part of the Curatorial Debates since the 1980s panel at the Shades of Black conference, 20 April 2001, Duke University.

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2005

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Book relating to a publication, 1997

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Book relating to a publication, 2005

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Review relating to a publication, 2005

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

»  The Corcoran Gallery of Art

Washington D.C., United States of America

»  Hayward Gallery

London, United Kingdom

»  Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre

Coventry, United Kingdom

»  M.H. de Young Memorial Museum

San Francisco, United States of America