A two-day conference inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat comes to the Ogden next week


Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Zulu, 1986 - OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Zulu, 1986

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
's exhibit Basquiat on the Bayou has been one of the most celebrated shows of P3: Notes for Now, and beginning next Thursday, a conference inspired by the artist will take place over two days.

On Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12, more than two dozen panelists will discuss the significance of Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy by the celebrated art historian Robert Farris Thompson. The book, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, influenced the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work is rife with Afro-Carribean allegory and allusions to the American South, and its themes have seeped into both academic and popular discourse on the subject of African and Afro-American art. Thompson himself will be a keynote speaker on Friday. 

The conference is being curated by C. Daniel Dawson of Columbia University and will include comments from Franklin Sirmans, artistic director of Prospect 3, William Andrews, executive director of the Ogden and Brooke Davis Anderson, executive director of Prospect 3. 

The event will run from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. both days and is free and open to the public with registration. You can register by emailing conference@ogdenmuseum.com. Click here for a full schedule of events and details on the panelists. 

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