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University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
Amy J. Elias (Project Director: December 2018 to March 2022)
In a Speculative Light: The Arts of Writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) and Painter Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

A symposium and collection of essays on American author James Baldwin (1924-1987) and visual artist Beauford Delaney (1901-1979). (12 months)

The UT Humanities Center will use this Convening Grant to partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC, and the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) in Knoxville, TN, to host a symposium about two Black American expatriate artists and close lifelong friends, James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney. To be held Feb. 19-21, 2020 at the University of Tennessee in conjunction with a major KMA exhibition featuring 40+ works by these artists, it will create new knowledge about Black American and Modernist arts such as jazz and abstract painting and will lead to the first analyses of Baldwin's and Delaney's influence on one another and on Black arts today. Speakers will address six research categories: arts history/Black aesthetics; music; ethics/social values; style/form; gender/sexuality; and biography/legacies. The symposium will feature 26-34 renowned scholars in literary, art history, and music studies and will lead to a published collection of essays.

Project fields:
African American Studies; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020