This weekend, the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Museum of Art are partnering to bring one of the pioneers of socio-political African American art, Barkley Hendricks, to Cleveland. Born in Philadelphia in 1945, Hendricks’ life-sized portraits of African American males during the 1960s have continued to influence countless young artists throughout the past several decades.
At 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 25, Hendricks will discuss his work and its socio-political themes. His work continues to be relevant today.
Hendricks’ visit is made possible through the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues. The Dialogues series was founded in 2006 through an endowment of the late Lockwood Thompson, a former trustee of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL). The Dialogues series brings nationally and internationally renowned individuals to Cleveland to initiate thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations with particular relevance to our community.
“Our goal at CPL is to consistently bring speakers, authors, artists and writers from a variety of perspectives and insights to Cleveland for thought provoking dialogue with our community,” says Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues gives us this opportunity to bring world renowned artists like Barkley Hendricks to our city to engage with our patrons and the arts community.”
“The museum is excited to work with the library to host these two notable artists,” says CMA Audience Engagement Specialist Bethany Corriveau, referring the series' other artist, Kehinde Whiley. “Each year the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues foster discussion around important issues and the museum is proud to play a part in furthering the conversation this year.”
Kehinde Whiley is arguably one of the most successful painters in today’s art market. He will discuss his work at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. Both lectures are free, but registration is strongly recommended.
(Cleveland Museum of Art) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7340, clevelandart.org