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Toward an African Methodist Episcopal Aesthetic Idyll: Art and Images at Wilberforce University, 1863-1914
Presented by Melanee Harvey, assistant professor & coordinator of art history at Howard University. Martha S. Jones, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential professor, professor of history, and a professor at the SNF Agora Institute at The Johns Hopkins University will moderate the Q & A.

As the first independent African American religious denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church maintains a historic position as one of the oldest surviving African American institutions. Through the use and circulation of visual culture, the AME denomination established a cultural base of Black Formalist sensibilities rooted in uplift and cultural definition. This presentation will examine the role of art and visual representational strategies of Wilberforce University, one of the nation’s first historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), as an aesthetic idyll shaped by Bishop Daniel Payne and AME bishops of the late nineteenth century.

This program is part of the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture Conversation Series sponsored by Dan Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser and hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center.

Oct 5, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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