Saturday School: Modernism and The Black AtlanticLed by Dr Elizabeth Robles, University of Bristol
This study day traces the impact of Black Atlantic creative culture (a space of exchange across the continents of Africa, the Americas and Europe) on Modernism — from Picasso’s bronzes to the American Jazz influences of Dada — and the impact of black artists on the story of twentieth century art.
It introduces a wide variety of artists and artworks that tend to be marginalised in discussion around these histories, and examines developing debates around the use of ‘b/Black’ as a political identity in the visual arts and the formation of the Black Atlantic as a site for cultural production, while introducing theoretical frameworks of modernism, gender, and post-colonialism.
Reading material: Introduction: Modernism and the Black Atlantic by Tanya Barson
Dr Elizabeth Robles
Dr. Elizabeth Robles teaches History of Art and the University of Bristol and Bath Spa University. Her research is rooted in an interest in re-centering the visual and the art historical within discourses around the intersections of race, gender and representation.