Panel of African American Artists Exploring Influences Reflected in Portraits


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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 8, 2012 – A panel discussion on “Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The panel discussion will consist of African American artists and educators focusing on the influence of identity and cultural experience as reflected in the portraits of African Americans in the current exhibition, “Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection.”

Panelists include: Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, associate professor of fine art at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; DeSande R, artist and educator; and Malcolm McCrae, artist and entrepreneur.

A light reception will follow the panel discussion.

The exhibition opened in August and will remain on display through Oct. 21. The works, which feature the black face, are featured in representational and conceptual portraiture. Artists showcased in this exhibition directly and indirectly examine the social, political and cultural nuances of the black face and head in fine art and popular visual culture.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email