In conjunction with the exhibition “African American Art in the 20th Century” from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Connie Choi, associate curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, gives an illustrated talk on “Benny Andrews: Art and Activism”. This talk will explore artist Benny Andrews’ remarkable career as an artist, activist, and educator. Choi will discuss the importance of social justice, history, and collage in the artist’s practice.
Choi contributed to the 2020 exhibition and related publication “Benny Andrews: Portraits, A Real Person Before the Eyes” and will discuss the artist’s portrait of his mother in the Wichita Art Museum collection.
Originally recorded the evening of Thursday, February 25, 2021, in the Robert M. Beren Room at the Wichita Art Museum in Wichita, Kansas. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, both Choi and audience members participated via Zoom.
Image: Installation view of “African American Art in the 20th Century,” on view at the Wichita Art Museum February 6 through May 23, 2021.