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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Beauford's Ever Expanding Legacy

2020 is going to be a phenomenal year for the expansion of Beauford's legacy!

Momentum for The Delaney Project (Gathering Light) in Knoxville is increasing and preparations for major events that will take place in February are well underway.

Banners bearing Beauford's image will be hung on city streets.

Beauford Delaney Banner
Image courtesy of Sylvia Peters,
The Delaney Project

Banners have already been posted for the James Baldwin - Beauford Delaney symposium entitled "In a Speculative Light" that will be held at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Photo courtesy of Amy J. Elias, Ph.D.
Director, University of Tennessee Humanities Center

They feature a pastel portrait of Baldwin done by Beauford in 1944, which is currently held by the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA). These banners were created by Beauvais Lyons (Art, University of Tennessee) and UT Communications and supported by the UTK Chancellor, Donde Plowman.

Portrait of James Baldwin
(1944) Pastel on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

KMA has posted information about the solo exhibition of Beauford's work that will open on February 7.

Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door

Farther afield, Vulture (of New York Magazine) has published a brilliant article written by Jerry Saltz entitled

Beauford Delaney, Black and Gay, Very Nearly Disappeared from Art History

I'll bring you more details about the February activities scheduled for the Delaney Project in the coming weeks.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Gathering Light: The Delaney Project is a grassroots effort in Knoxville, TN that was started to bring Beauford's international endeavors and art back home to Knoxville, TN his birthplace. We are wholly indebted to Dr. Monique Wells for her efforts to secure, promote and perpetuate his legacy.. We met Dr. Wells in 2016 at the Paris exhibition of Delaney's work and knew that we had to do something to honor him and bring his legacy home to Knoxville. We invite you to come to the first celebration of his art and life in February and March, 2020. You will have an experience that will make you return to our city again and again. Visit website:thedelaneyproject.org to obtain information regarding the celebration.

Sylvia L. Peters, Director
Gathering Light: The Delaney Project