Ahead of His Time: Robert Blackburn at 100

In December 10, 2020, master printmaker Robert Blackburn would have celebrated his 100th birthday. Join us for an illustrated lecture by Deborah Cullen-Morales, curator of the exhibition, Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking, for a reflection on the inspirational life of Robert Blackburn (1920-2003), and the many ways the artist's accomplishments and values resonate today. 

Deborah Cullen-Morales is the Program Officer, Arts and Culture, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining the Mellon Foundation, Cullen-Morales served as executive director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts; director and chief curator of The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University; director of curatorial programs at El Museo del Barrio; and curator of the print collection at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop. After a long affiliation with Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop, Cullen-Morales received her PhD from The Graduate Center of City University of New York for her 2002 dissertation, Robert Blackburn, American Printmaker. She is a Trustee of the Trust for Robert Blackburn, working in collaboration with The Elizabeth Foundation for the Art's Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.  

Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and curated by Deborah Cullen, in cooperation with the Trust for Robert Blackburn and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’ Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and funding from the Smithsonian’s Provost Office.  

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At the Detroit Institute of Arts, major funding is provided by the DTE Foundation. Additional support is given by Rhonda D. Welburn.

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image: Robert Blackburn, 1987. Photograph by Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy