A wine and cheese reception will accompany each lecture.


Gallery Talk: Contemplating the Divine in Art

Sunday, September 20 | 1:30 p.m.
: Kathleen Szpila, SSJ, PhD, assistant professor of art history and coordinator of the Foundations in the Liberal Arts program, Chestnut Hill College

Kathleen Szpila will examine a selection of modern artworks in Woodmere Welcomes Pope Francis: Biblical Art from the Permanent Collection that return to the age-old themes of faith, the Bible, and religious subjects in an increasingly secular world.


Curator Talk: We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s

Saturday, October 10 | 3:00 p.m.
: Susanna Gold, PhD, guest curator, and Rachel McCay, Assistant Curator, Woodmere Art Museum

Susanna Gold and Rachel McCay will discuss their curatorial process for the exhibition as well as discoveries made during interviews conducted with the artists, their families, and other individuals affiliated with Philadelphia cultural institutions and community centers of the time.


Readings in African American Literature

Selected Mondays; meets two times (may attend one or both sessions), 1:00–2:30 p.m.
$15 per session ($10 per session for members)
: Crystal Lucky, associate professor of English and director of Africana Studies at Villanova University

This series offers a literary lens into the time period explored in We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s. Reading is not required. E-mail education@woodmereartmuseum or call 215-247-0948.

Session 1: Jessie and the Harlem Renaissance
Monday, October 19
Jessie Fauset (1882–1961) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, and prominent figure in the early years of the NAACP. This examination of Fauset’s life and work will provide an introduction to We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s.

Session 2: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
Monday, November 16
Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye considers the ways standards of beauty exclude and marginalize the most vulnerable and least powerful members of society. This discussion of the Nobel Laureate and her work offers an understanding of the themes and ideas within We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s.


John W. Mosley: Cultural Warrior

Saturday, October 24, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
: Diane Turner, PhD, curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

Diane Turner will discuss photographer John W. Mosley’s role in deconstructing stereotypical images of black Americans in popular culture and the media through his documentation of the culture, history, and everyday life of Americans of African descent in the Philadelphia region.


Black Printmakers and the WPA

Monday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.
$15 ($10 members)
: Leslie King-Hammond, PhD, Graduate Dean Emeritus and Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture, Maryland Institute College of Art

The Works Projects Administration (WPA) provided opportunities for black artists to explore their creativity, gain access to new technology, and develop their artistic voices. Leslie King-Hammond will discuss the visual legacy of the WPA and printmaking pursuits by black artists in Philadelphia and other urban centers around the country.

This lecture is presented as part of The Print Center 100


Gallery Talk: The Enigma of Raymond Theel

Sunday, November 1, 1:30 p.m.
: Paul DuSold

Theel’s artistic legacy consists of less than twenty known paintings, due to a tragic fire in 1943 that destroyed most of his work. Paul DuSold will explore what can be learned about Theel by examining his artistic voice as it manifests in his paintings.


Albert Barnes: Redefining the Mainstream

Saturday, November 7, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
: Kimberly Camp, former president and CEO, Barnes Foundation

Kimberly Camp will present an important look at Dr. Albert Barnes and his relationship with the African American community. Barnes’s efforts to engage and empower black artists earned him the ire of many in the art world. Camp will reveal a different side of the collector and his progressive ideas about race and racism.


The Adored Maverick: Barbara Bullock

Monday, November 9, 1:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
: A. M. Weaver, independent curator and art journalist

A. M. Weaver describes Barbara Bullock, an artist in the exhibition We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s–1970s, as a maverick in post–World War II America. Bullock’s early work reflected her experiences as a black woman. Weaver will analyze the influence of Bullock’s travels throughout the African diaspora and the United States and the resulting shift in her work.


Gallery Talk: The Weight of Watercolor

Saturday, November 14, 3:00 p.m.
: Rachel McCay, assistant curator, Woodmere Art Museum

Join us for a gallery talk on the paintings of Eileen Goodman and the curatorial approach to Woodmere’s exhibition of her work.


Gallery Talk: Eileen Goodman

Saturday, January 9, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
: Eileen Goodman

Walk through the galleries with artist Eileen Goodman. Enjoy an informal conversation and learn about her art and unique approach to watercolor.


Panel Discussion: Breaking Barriers, Black Artists in Philadelphia

Saturday, January 23, 3:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 members)
Paul Adkins, opera singer, teacher, and producer; Louis Massiah, founder and director of Scribe Video Center; Ursula Rucker, poet and performer; Kariamu Welsh, PhD, choreographer and professor at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University; moderated by Warren Oree, director, Lifeline Music Coalition

Panelists will share stories about the challenges and journeys taken in pursuit of their art and will explore the role of Philadelphia’s cultural institutions in their careers.