Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Kerry James Marshall

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

Boston, MA – The Boston University School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts is pleased to present sculptor and artist Kerry James Marshall as the final visiting artist in the fourth season of the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series on Thursday, April 8, at 6:30pm in Morse Auditorium at Boston University. The lecture series offers students the opportunity to work in both lecture and studio settings with artists who offer diverse and multicultural perspectives. The lecture is free and open to the public.

School of Visual Arts Director Lynne Allen explains, “Based on a broad range of art-historical references, many which connect to his African American upbringing, Marshall’s work explores contemporary pop culture and is rooted in the geography of his upbringing.” Marshall himself has said ‘You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955 and grow up in South Central (Los Angeles) near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility.’” Allen continues, “Marshall’s personal road as an artist makes him a valuable resource for aspiring visual artists here at BU.” In addition to this public lecture, Marshall will also participate in critiques of undergraduate and graduate work during his brief residency at the BU School of Visual Arts.

Renowned artist Kerry James Marshall draws upon aspects of African-American popular culture in his paintings, sculptures and installations, reflecting the social and political context of his upbringing in such geographic hotbeds of the Civil Rights Movement as Birmingham, Alabama and South Central Los Angeles, California. Marshall received a BFA from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles in 1978 and an honorary doctorate from the Institute in 1999. Marshall has exhibited his work internationally and is included in many permanent collections throughout the world. In 1997, Marshall was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur genius grant.


Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Kerry James Marshall
Thursday, April 8, 6:30pm

Morse Auditorium at Boston University
602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
T Green Line, B train, Blandford Street stop

Lecture is free and open to the public. Call 617.353.3371 for more information.


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a center of rich cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Boston University School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts is a community of artists within a great university and in a city that offers diversity within a vibrant arts culture. Founded in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. The first-rate teaching and mentoring of its regular faculty is supplemented by a vibrant program of visiting artists, guest lecture series, and exhibitions. The School offers introductory and advanced classes in painting, sculpture, graphic design, art education, ceramics, photography, glassblowing, and printmaking. A solid background in art history, contemporary critical analysis, and liberal arts complements the studio arts courses.


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