|Artist speaks at BGSU's Africana Studies conference|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Monday, 11 March 2013 09:55|
Kenwyn Crichlow, one of Trinidad and Tobago's leading contemporary artists, will be the keynote speaker for Bowling Green State University's 15th annual Africana Studies Research Conference on Friday, a highlight of his nine-day residency at the university.
Hosted by the Africana Studies Program, the conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. This year's theme is "Catalysts for Change in the Africana World." The event showcases the research and creativity of undergraduate and graduate students from Ohio and surrounding states as they address issues affecting Africana people around the world.
Presentations will take place in the morning and afternoon, with Crichlow's keynote talk, "Claiming Identity: Claiming the Caribbean in 20th Century Art," presented during the noon luncheon.
Crichlow is an abstract artist reimagining the Caribbean aesthetic through the personal wrestling with cultural identity and the interconnectedness of Africa, its diaspora and the contemporary art world. He expresses these lines through vibrantly colored, deeply textured oils informed by Caribbean light, color, musical forms and ritual performance. A prolific artist and scholar, he exhibits internationally and is a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Festival Arts and a professor and coordinator of the Visual Arts Program at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
He will also speak at the BGSU Art History Association's annual symposium, New Perspectives on Visual Culture, on March 23. His 9 a.m. address in 204 Fine Arts Center will launch the symposium, an opportunity for undergraduate students selected from submissions received from across the nation to present their research in a professional environment. His talk is free and open to the public.
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