Halima Taha, Curator of Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility, will present a lecture on collecting Black art, in conjunction with the exhibition currently on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility.
We invite you to join the conversation via the following options:
- In person in the Kelley Theater in the Quick Center for the Arts
- Streaming via thequicklive.com
Halima Taha, guest curator of Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility, is recognized as an art professional who has contributed to the field as a curator, appraiser, art advisor, educator, and speaker for more than twenty years. She is best known for her groundbreaking bestseller, Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas, the first book to validate collecting fine art, printmaking, and photography by Americans of African descent as viable assets and commodities within the marketplace. It was also used as a choice PBS membership incentive, raising three times its fundraising goal. Since its release, this title provided solid market criteria for publishers to print more artist monographs and African American art collection books, independent from museum shows within the first two decades of the 21st century. In addition, her expertise provided the foundation, in conjunction with the National Black Fine Art Show (1997-2009), for cultivating and educating a global audience that enabled Swann Galleries to successfully establish the first international African American auction category in 2008. Her work was also the catalyst for ushering major museums to actively pursue collections of African American Art for exhibition and acquisition, within the first two decades of this century. She is an arts advocate committed to nurturing the development, documentation, and acquisition of Black visual culture as a professional speaker and arts writer.