Chestertown, MD, September 24, 2002 — Washington College's Department of Art, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs present COMPETING INTERPRETATIONS OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM IN THE ART WORLD AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, a lecture by author, art historian and activist David L. Craven, Ph.D., Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
A professor of art history at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Interdisciplinary Board of the university's Latin American Institute, Dr. Craven is an expert in Critical Theory, as well as in 19th- and 20th-century art and culture of Latin America, the United States and Europe. He has written catalog essays for several museums both in the United States and abroad. These include Mythmaking in the McCarthy Period for the Tate Gallery in England (1992); an essay for the Norman Lewis exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (1998); and an essay for the show La Rebelión Informalista: 1939-1968 at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía of Madrid (1999). In addition, he has written over 100 articles and reviews and, at present, serves on the international advisory board of the journals ArtefFacto and Third Text. His recent books include Abstract Expressionism and the Cultural Logic of Romantic Anti-Capitalism: Dissent during the McCarthy Period (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Art and Revolution in Latin America, 1910-1990 (Yale University Press, 2002).