Terra Foundation-supported Events

Symposium: “African-American Art and France: In Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Footsteps”

Using the career of nineteenth-century African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner as a starting point, this symposium explores the long history of African American art and France, asking how racial and cultural identities interplayed with transatlantic exchanges from fin-de-siècle cosmopolitanism into the post-colonial age. Speakers discuss the Parisian art scene disrupted by World War II and the consequent repercussions on the reception of black artists in Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. The symposium concludes with an examination of the way contemporary African American artists continue a critical engagement with the French art world. This event is organized by the Musée d’Orsay and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.