The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies will present an exhibition of the work of Beverly Buchanan, an African-American artist who explores Southern vernacular architecture in her work.
The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies will present an exhibition of the work of Beverly Buchanan, an African-American artist who explores Southern vernacular architecture in her work. Building dreamlike miniature models based on such important structures as the shotgun and plantation houses, Buchanan explores the history of Black memory and experience in the U.S. The show, to be held at GalleryDAAS, will be curated by Marianetta Porter, Professor of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. Porter’s own research, artistic, and curatorial practices are grounded in the study of African-American history, culture, and representation. Beverly Buchanan was born in Fuquay, North Carolina, and grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where her father was dean of the School of Agriculture at South Carolina State College. Though accepted to medical school, she decided to pursue a career in art, studying with Norman Lewis at the Art Students League in New York City, and with Romare Bearden, her close friend and mentor. In 1980, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has twice received fellowships (1980, 1990) from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was selected as a Georgia Visual Arts Honoree in 1997, and received an Anonymous Was a Woman Award in 2002. The College Art Association Committee for Women in the Arts named her a Distinguished Honoree in 2005, and in 2011, the Women's Caucus for Art presented her a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Buchanan’s works are found in numerous private and corporate collections across the country, as well as in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Days and hours for the exhibit are to be announced.