Rebecca VanDiver, assistant professor of history of art, is a panelist and presenter at “Black Portraiture[s] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures,” a conference to be held November 17-19 in Turbine Hall in the Newtown district of Johannesburg, South Africa. VanDiver will address “On Fertile Ground: Africa, Motherhood and Reproduction in the Work of Four Black Women Artists” at a November 18 panel session entitled Visualizing Land.
The conference is the seventh in a series of transnational and diasporic conversations about imaging the black body. It offers a forum that gives artists, activists, educators and scholars from around the world an opportunity to share ideas, including more than 140 papers and performances presented on such topics as the global art market, activism, politics, tourism, sexuality, sites of memory, Afrofuturism, fashion, dance, music, film, and photography.
The conference was planned in collaboration with the U. S. Department of State, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick H. Gaspard, Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, New York University’s La Pietra Dialogues, Tisch School of the Arts and the Institute for African American Affairs.
*Kudzanai Chiurai, Genesis XI, 2016