UCLA Ed & IS Partner with Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative

Discussion by Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell co-hosted by UCLA Education at the Getty Center, Feb. 28. 

UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies is co-hosting a discussion by Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College and dean emerita of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts on her biography, “An Amercan Odyessy: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden,” on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m., at the Museum Lecture Hall of the Getty Center.


Campbell served as the vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under former President Barack Obama. Her biography of Bearden, a renowned 20th-century African American artist, explores universal themes in his work that celebrate African American culture and the arts. A book signing follows her talk. 


This program is organized in collaboration between Spelman College and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and is part of the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History Initiative, an ambitious program that aims to establish the GRI as a major center for the study of African American art history. Spelman College is an inaugural partner. “An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden” will be available for purchase at The Getty Store before and after the lecture.  


Admission to this event is free; however reserved tickets are required in order to attend. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve tickets, visit this link.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Parking is $15 per vehicle. For more information, visit the Getty Center website.



Above: “Jamming at the Savoy” by Romare Bearden, 1979