March 10: David C. Driskell to present Paul R. Jones Lecture
David C. Driskell (Photography by John Woo, courtesy of the David C. Driskell Archives)
A work by David C. Driskell, "Linear Pattern #3," 1980. Egg tempera and collage on paper. Collection of David C. Driskell. Copyright David C. Driskell


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4:20 p.m., March 1, 2010----David C. Driskell, an artist, scholar and historian widely cited as one of the world's leading authorities on African American art, will present the annual Paul R. Jones Lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10. The talk, “Charging Abstraction: Our Personal Journey,” will take place in Room 101 of Brown Lab.

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Driskell, a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of the Black artist in American society. In 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton presented Driskell with the National Humanities Medal in honor of his work.

The Paul R. Jones Lecture accompanies Abstract Relations, the exhibit currently on view at the University of Delaware's Mechanical Hall. Abstract Relations is a collaboration of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland and University of Delaware Museums.

Preceding Driskell's lecture, the exhibit's co-curators, Julie McGee, curator of African American art, UD University Museums, and Adrienne Childs, curator at the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, will discuss the show at 5 p.m. in Mechanical Hall.

The Paul R. Jones Lecture and collection honor UD benefactor, avid art collector and Atlanta businessman Paul R. Jones, who died in January. In 2001, Dr. Jones donated works by 20th century African American artists to the University of Delaware.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information visit the University of Delaware Museums website or call (302) 831-8037.