The 31st Annual James A. Porter Colloquium is co-presented by Howard University's Department of Art, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. This year’s virtual program will explore the theme “Defining Diaspora: 21st Century Developments in Art of the African Diaspora.” Sessions will investigate the ways in which visual artists and scholars are defining, and redefining, the aesthetic contours and possibilities of the African Diaspora in American art spaces. Started in 1990 by art historian Dr. Floyd Coleman, the Porter Colloquium is the foremost academic setting for innovative dialogue and perspectives from leading and emerging scholars, artists, curators, and cultural critics.
The Driskell Center will present its Distinguished Annual Lecture in the Visual Arts in Honor of David C. Driskell on Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:00-7:00PM on Zoom. The National Gallery of Art will live-stream presentations with online audience Q&A on Friday, April 16, 2021, 4:30-6:30PM. Artist conversations are available on Howard University's Colloquium website. Generous programming support has been provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.