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Elijah Pierce. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers (detail), 1977. Courtesy of Columbus Museum of Art

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About the Class

Elijah Pierce, the subject of our summer exhibition, is one of the 20th century’s most important American sculptors, but many art enthusiasts are not familiar with his work. Why is he often left out of the traditional narrative of our nation’s art history? How is he both excluded from and included in the black art canon? We will discuss how Pierce has been overlooked as an artist, and how art historians, museums, collectors, and critics can include artists like Pierce in a fuller and more expansive story of American art.

Capacity: 75


Brooke Davis Anderson

Anderson is the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Anderson has also served as executive director of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide contemporary art triennial; deputy director for curatorial planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum, New York.