Recently a group of more than 100 art professors, graduate students, museum curators, and independent scholars from across Europe and North America converged on St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. The group held the first ever independent symposium on art research.
The event, titled “Current Research in American Art,” included sessions and discussions titled “Etymologies and Black Love: Another View of African-American Art,” “Folk/Outsider/Self-Taught Art,” and “Colonial/17th -18th Century.”
In an interview with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, St. Francis Fine Arts Professor Jennifer Wingate labeled the event a great success, saying “we’ve heard nothing but great things about the event,” said Wingate. “It was a unique opportunity to hear so many strong papers and reflect on the range of current research in the field. A lot of people want us to host a symposium again next year.”
The group was able to take advantage of the wealth of art that exists in Brooklyn and throughout the New York City metro area. In addition to exploring the borough’s art exhibits, the group was able to screen several films at the college.