Lectures and Events
Gain new insight into the art and culture of Philadelphia with Woodmere’s engaging lectures and gallery talks. Hear from artists, art historians, professors, curators, and writers who offer new perspectives on the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and related topics.
Saturday, March 7, 3:00 pm
Join Susanna W. Gold, PhD, and Barbara Bullock in a conversation about Bullock’s art and experiences at the Ile-Ife Black Humanitarian Center in North Philadelphia in the 1970s. There, Bullock interacted with artists Charles Searles and Twins Seven-Seven and was the director of the art department from 1971 to 1975, building a strong community arts program. The conversation will include a discussion about the artists’ connections to Africa in the development of their artistic voices.
Prince Twins Seven-seven, life and art
Saturday, February 22, 3:00 pm
Henry Glassie, author of Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life in Nigeria, His Exile in America, will give an illustrated talk on the life and art of his dear friend, painter and musician Prince Twins Seven-Seven. A Nigerian modernist with an international reputation, Twins Seven-Seven lived in Philadelphia for extended periods of time. Glassie has done fieldwork on five continents and has devoted his career to studying the artistic impulse in varying cultures, writing twenty books on the traditional arts of Ireland, Turkey, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Brazil, and the United States.
Saturday, March 28, 1:00 pm
The artists in Africa in Philadelphia were deeply inspired by textiles and forms of expression of the African continent. Join Jefferson University textile and costume curator Jade Papa for a presentation on the extensive collection of African textiles at the University. She will discuss the functionality and cultural significance of these textiles combined with a show-and-tell of the tools used to create them.