Art and Race Matters: Keynote Talk with Erin Christovale

December 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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As Art and Race Matters: the Career of Robert Colescott comes to a close, this talk with Erin Christovale takes a deep dive into two works: Emergency Room by Colescott and Framed by Modernism by Carrie Mae Weems.  Thinking about the landscapes of American and modernist social relationships, this close-read considers the representations of race and gender that echo throughout the life and work of Colescott.

Erin Christovale is the associate curator at the Hammer Museum and the co-founder of experimental film program, Black Radical Imagination.

This talk is supported by Cheryl and Rena Tonkin, and Marv Tonkin Leasing Company, In Memory of Alan Baron Tonkin and the Northwest Art Council at the Portland Art Museum.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

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Robert Colescott, I Gets a Thrill, Too, When I Sees De Koo, 1978.
Robert Colescott (American, 1925-2009), I Gets a Thrill, Too, When I Sees De Koo, 1978, Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 60 inches. © 2019 Estate of Robert Colescott / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Gift of Senator and Mrs. William Bradley, 1981.25