This talk explores Romare Bearden’s evolving relationship with Harlem in the 1960s, a decade when Bearden depicted Harlem in his art, joined the neighborhood’s cultural council, curated exhibitions in Harlem, and protested reductive curatorial approaches to Harlem’s history. In addition to discussing Bearden, the talk will also focus on the artistic landscape of 1960s Harlem and highlight the neighborhood’s role in defining artistic practice at a moment of profound social and artistic change.
The talk is part of the webinar series "Race Matters: Cultural Politics in the 1960s." The series presents new insights into the work of Bearden and his contemporaries. It will expand our understanding of how racial concerns were articulated during this watershed decade. "Race Matters" is organized by the Romare Bearden Catalogue Raisonné project and the Wildenstein Plattner Institute.