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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey Gallery Talk With Dr. Robert O’Meally

Dr. Robert O’Meally is back!   He is one of the best lecturers I have ever heard.  Very engaging.  

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Reception Hall, Level Three 

Cost Free--No Ticket Required

In his watercolors and collages based on the Odyssey, Romare Bearden turns Homer’s epic manhood rites into a galaxy where women shine at the center. Indeed Bearden’s Black Odyssey sends us back to Homer, where the nearly invisible women spark almost every significant action taken. The ancient epic is by no means feminist; but it fascinated the early moderns. And the modernist/postmodernist artist Bearden invites us to look again, and to reread Homer—to see women of power, ancient to the future: shining wife, protective goddess, brilliant intellectual, faithful servant, artist, drop-dead beauty, killer, trickster, savior. What influences shaped the Bearden’s revisions of Homer? What goddesses influenced his wide-lens perspective?

 Dr. Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and founder and former director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, and curator of the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, explores these questions in a lecture titled Love and Gender: Homer, Bearden, and Eros.

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  • Rebecca

    Amazing speaker. Both humorous and very knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and enjoyed myself in the process. I would see him again.

    February 19, 2014

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