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"An American Odyssey" Reading and Discussion with Mary Schmidt Campbell

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

An American Odyssey Book TourJoin Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., President of Spelman College and artist Melvin Edwards for a reading and discussion of Schmidt Campbell's definitive biography of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, "An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden" (Oxford University Press).

As Dr. Campbell shows us in this immersive biography, the relationship between art and race was central to Bearden's life and work--a constant, driving creative tension. Dr. Campbell's book offers a full and vibrant account of Bearden's life: from his years in Harlem (his studio was above the Apollo theater) to his travels and commissions, along with illuminating analysis of his work and artistic career. Campbell, who met Bearden in the 1970s, was among the first to compile a catalogue of his works. An American Odyssey goes far beyond that, offering a living portrait of an artist and the impact he made upon the world he sought both to recreate and celebrate.

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