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Saturday, September 5, 2020

I Will Not Be Moved - A Look at Beauford's Rosa Parks Series

I have had the pleasure of meeting University of Tennessee Knoxville professor Mary Campbell many times. She is an avid aficionado of Beauford and his work and is currently writing a book about him.

Professor Campbell brings students to Paris for a study abroad art history experience each year. Last summer, Wells International Foundation intern Maija Brennan presented her online exhibition of Beauford's portraiture to Campbell's students.

Campbell's son was part of the Classes Duo Paris/Knoxville program and was one of the children who came to Paris in October 2018 to meet the Paris elementary school students who participated in the program.

In the video below, Campbell delivers a virtual "Cocktails & Conversation" presentation for the Knoxville Museum of Art that provides a wonderful overview of Beauford's career as an artist and takes a deep dive into his Rosa Parks series. She asserts her theory that Beauford's Rosa Parks paintings are actually self-portraits.

One might think this strange, but when you look at the 1962 self-portrait below, you may be more willing to entertain this notion.

Self Portrait, 1962
Oil on canvas
© Estate of Beauford Delaney; Private Collection
Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York , NY

In her presentation, Campbell thoroughly examines the three oil paintings and numerous sketches of Rosa Parks that are presented in Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door, the magnificent KMA exhibition that is currently on view at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

I encourage you to watch her in this ~47-minute video and come to your own conclusion!

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