Black Art Matters: African American Art **CANCELLED **

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Bi-weekly; Week 2; Thursday; 10 am – 12 pm
Location: TBD

You are probably familiar with Jackson Pollock, Rothko, and Georgia O’Keefe, but are you familiar with Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, and Kerry James Marshall? There is a growing number of exciting and significant African Americans artists.  We will explore the lives and art of African American artists, mostly of the 20th and 21st centuries.  We will examine their art through a social, political, cultural, and aesthetic lens.   We will also look at some of the artistic and political issues concerning African American art. For example: how has racism affected African American art? Does African American art need to reflect African American themes?  It is hoped that each participant will make a presentation on an African American artist. We are happy to assist and topics and references will be provided.


Yvette Matyas ( studied undergraduate psychology at McGill and worked for over twenty years in healthcare administration. She has co-facilitated workshops at the Academy on architecture, ageing, birds, dance, pandemics, art, and psychology.  She looks forward to exploring African-American art with others.

Alan Silverman ( is a semi-retired teacher and high-school administrator who still works part time at OISE.  He has facilitated workshops on art, the Israel/Palestine conflict, and birds.  He is a fanatic jazz fan and plays saxophone and clarinet.

Workshop Materials:

Welcome Letter