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Saturday School: Modernism and The Black AtlanticLed by Dr Elizabeth Robles, University of Bristol


Saturday 4 February 2017, 11am–6pm



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Suitable for participants aged 16+

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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.

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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.