Deborah Muirhead lectures at the University of Connecticut
- Creation: 1986 November 18
Painter and professor of art Deborah Muirhead lectured on 2 occasions. Professor Muirhead taught at the University of Connecticut in the School of Fine Arts.
Biographical / Historical
Painter and professor of art Deborah Muirhead lectured on 2 occasions. Professor Muirhead taught at the University of Connecticut in the School of Fine Arts. Her second lecture, in 1986, was a survey of African-American art over three centuries as well as her own work. She presented a slideshow that showed basket making, paintings, and sculpture created by African-American artists. Muirhead, like Oakley Holmes, used her lecture to cite the success of individual black artists such as painters Joshua Johnston, Robert Duncanson, and Edward Bannister. She also heralded the work of Harlem Renaissance era artists like Aaron Douglas and Augusta Savage as well as sculptors Richmond Barthe, Elizabeth Catlett, and Richard Hunt. Lastly, she also informed students about black visual artists, novelists, poets, and discussed artists like Romare Bearden who wanted his work to document black life. On a technical note, there are several audio problems throughout the recording. From 04:37 to 06:20 there is no noise. 20 minutes into the recording, the sound struggled again and was hard to hear. There are additional audio problems between 35:00 and 40:00 and the problem stays consistent for over 20 minutes. Muirhead's presentations were held on 11/18/1986 (2015-0002/RR13) and 2/15/1983 (2015-0002/RR21).
Existence and Location of Originals
Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.