African American Art History Initiative Established with Plans to Acquire Betye Saar Archive
The GRI is pleased to announce the launch of the African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI) with plans to acquire the archive of the world-renowned assemblage and installation artist Betye Saar. The contributions of African American artists to the canon of art history have long been under-researched and are essential to the comprehensive study of American art history. Through this initiative the GRI will facilitate and advance scholarship by means of a dedicated curator and a bibliographer, as well as library acquisitions, fellowships, research projects, exhibitions, and special collections, particularly archival material like Saar's.
Saar's pioneering work profoundly impacted the art scene not just in her home of Los Angeles, but nationally and internationally. The Betye Saar archives will include material from her earliest years to the present, documenting her prolific career producing art in a diverse range of media. Her archive will be the GRI's first major acquisition under the auspices of the AAAHI.
Kellie Jones, Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University, serves as the senior consultant on this initiative, and will join us in December to present the first Thomas and Barbara Gaehtgens Lecture.
Learn more about this new initiative.