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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color: The Round Table

On February 18th, the Wells International Foundation and Les Amis welcomed Nigel Freeman, Director of the African American Fine Art department at Swann Auction Galleries; André Delpuech, Chief Curator of the Americas collection at the Musée du quai Branly; and Laurence Choko, owner of Galerie Intemporel to a round table discussion entitled "Multiculturalism in Today's Art World" at Columbia Global Centers | Paris at Reid Hall.  Freeman and Delpuech were panelists and Choko served as moderator.

The Panel
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Laurence Choko, Galerie Intemporel - moderator
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Nigel Freeman, Swann Auction Galleries - panelist
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André Delpuech, Musée du quai Branly - panelist
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I sat in for Dr. Catherine St. John, Doctor of Arts and expert on Beauford Delaney's oeuvre, who was unexpectedly unable to attend.

Monique Y. Wells, Wells International Foundation and
Les Amis de Beauford Delaney
filling in for Dr. Catherine St. John
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 Her travel had been funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Attendees listened attentively as Freeman and Delpuech presented their positions on "The Rise of the African-American Artist" and "'We' and 'The Others' in Art: Leaving Colonial Ideology Behind", respectively, and I read a statement by Dr. St. John on "The Importance of Context and Collective History."

The audience
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Rapt attention
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Panelists posed questions to each other

Nigel Freeman and André Delpuech discuss a point of interest
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and the audience was then encouraged to pose questions to the panelists.

Richard Allen asks a question
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Cinnamon Nolley makes a comment
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The conversation was lively, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous.

André Delpuech ponders a comment
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Nigel Freeman having a chuckle
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Several members of the audience had traveled from the U.S. to attend this and other events organized for the exhibition. They included Anne Denise Stills of Smashing Daily and Jim Levis of Levis Fine Art. Both businesses sponsored the exhibition, along with Swann Auction Galleries.

After the formal discussion was over, participants and panelists lingered and enjoyed conversation over wine, water, and nibbles.

From left to right: Margaret Sergent and Malikka Karteron of J Rêve International's
Global Educator Program; Jim Levis of Levis Fine Art
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Attendees posing next to refreshment table
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A good time was had by all!

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