For Educators

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
Friday, April 7, 5–7 p.m.
Meet collector and former Detroiter Dr. Walter O. Evans, as he shares his journey from interested art lover to collector. Shirley Woodson Reid, supervisor of fine arts in the Detroit Public Schools, encouraged Evans to collect. She will introduce art teacher Robin McDaniel of Detroit’s Bates Academy, who will model printmaking and other lessons using African American art resources. Teachers: $20; Members: $15; Student teachers: $10. To register, call 313.833.5954.

African American Artists: Teacher Workshop
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Learn how African American artists reflect the times in which they live. Begin with a before-hours tour of the exhibition with Stephanie James, General Motors Center for African American Art assistant curator. Then, Valerie Mercer, GM Center head curator, will discuss how contemporary African American artists reference history in their work. In the afternoon, Dr. Juanita Witherspoon, fifth grade teacher at Highland Park’s Liberty Focus School will model lessons and strategies for incorporating African American history into your teaching. Written materials will be provided. Teachers: $20; Members: $15; Student teachers: $10. To register, call 313.833.5954.



Lectures

Dr. Walter O. Evans
Saturday, April 8 (members only), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m.
Dr. Walter O. Evans speaks about his collection of African American art, introduces the exhibition and discusses his collecting history and interests. He has memories of having met a number of the artists such as Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, each of whom advised him. A surgeon who practiced in Detroit for 25 years, Evans began collecting here, and continues to expand his interests to include rare books and manuscripts.

Walter O. Evans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Tuesday, May 13, 3 p.m.
Dr. Evans is the featured guest in this collaborative program with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. He will discuss the development of his collection since the late 1970s and his reasons for sharing his collection with the public. Sponsored by General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation.

Margaret Burroughs at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Saturday, May 27, 2 p.m.
Margaret Burroughs, whose works are featured in the exhibition, is the special guest in this collaborative program with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Don’t miss her speak about her career and the themes found in her paintings, sculptures and prints. Sponsored by General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation.

Richard Hunt at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Richard Hunt, whose sculptures are featured in the exhibition, is the special guest in this collaborative program with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. He will discuss his career, artistic process and the themes in his sculpture. Sponsored by General Motors Corporation and the GM Foundation.

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Gallery Talks

Artist’s Choice: Anita Bates
Sunday, April 16, 1 p.m.
Anita Bates, Detroit artist and Wayne State University instructor, describes her painting style as “abstraction steeped in spirituality.” She discusses her own work as well as works by Detroit artist Al Loving, who served as a mentor early in her career.

Artist’s Choice: Elizabeth Youngblood
Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.
Elizabeth Youngblood, College for Creative Studies instructor, textile artist and graphic designer, discusses her interest in weaving and textile craftsmanship, and her color-field weaves.

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Gallery Serenade

Spirit
Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.
Mubarak Hakim brings his knowledge of African, Afro-Cuban, salsa, funk and jazz drumming styles to this Detroit-based group. He continues the use of African drumming styles in contemporary jazz in the tradition of the late, great, Roy Brooks.

Ron Wilkinson and the Steve Wood Trio
Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m.
Details to be announced.

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Friday Night Music

Jazz Music: Wendell Harrison and Friends from the Chicago Jazz Scene
Jazz Friday, April 14, 6:30 & 8 p.m.
Detroit clarinetist/saxophonist Wendell Harrison along with Chicago guitarist Scott Hesse, bassist Darius Savage and drummer Isiah Spencer, perform selections from their latest project.

Fifth Friday: Black Bottom Collective
Fifth Friday, June 30, 6:30 & 8 p.m.
The Collective’s music is alternative, hip-hop and soul. Using dynamic rhymes and poetry combined with instruments and energy, the music has been called “soul-stirring.”

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Storytelling

I’ve Known Rivers
Sundays, June 4 & June 18, 2 p.m.
Fifth Friday, June 30, 6 & 7:30 p.m.
Detroit storyteller Madelyn Porter tells an African American folktale and delivers a tribute to Sojourner Truth and Langston Hughes.

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Image Caption: Edwin Harleston, Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1920, oil on canvas. Walter O. Evans Collections. (left)