Panel to Discuss African American Visual Art of the 1960s and 1970s

A roundtable panel about African American visual art of the 1960s and 1970s will take place at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m.

The panel is part of a series of events on African American arts and politics in the 1960s and 1970s organized by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


The panel will consist of scholars and artists, including UMass Amherst professor and watercolor painter Richard Yarde and longtime Springfield resident Nelson Stevens, who directed the creation of more than 30 public murals in Springfield in the 1970s.


Panelists will discuss how African American visual artists in those decades collaborated with black writers, musicians, theater workers, dancers, and filmmakers to give African American art new prominence and to find creative ways to bring art to the community. They will also discuss how these artists and their work interfaced with political movements working for African American empowerment.


Admission is free, but advance reservations are recommended. For more information, call the museum at 413.263.6800, ext. 323.