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Mondays, October 5–26, 6 – 7:30pm*


Elijah Pierce. The Place of My Birth (detail), 1977. Paint and glitter on carved wood. Courtesy of Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

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About the Class

Elijah Pierce is one of the most important sculptors of 20th-century American art, so why do so few art enthusiasts know of him and his artwork? Why is he—an African American artist—often excluded from the black art canon, as well as the mainstream narrative of our nation?

Our discussion on Pierce, the subject of the Barnes's fall special exhibition Elijah Pierce's America, will show how the discipline of art history, as well as museums, collectors, and critics, isolates some artists from a full and expansive story of American art. This class will take a closer look at Pierce and his peers of the mid-20th century.


Brooke Davis Anderson

Anderson is the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Before joining PAFA, Anderson was executive director of Prospect New Orleans; deputy director for curatorial planning at LACMA, where she co-wrote the Mellon Curatorial Diversity Initiative; and director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. From 1992 to 1999, Anderson led the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, where she was recognized as “Curator of African American Art” by the Winston-Salem Chronicle.