Self-Taught Genius: A History of Black Portraiture in America

Self-Taught Genius: A History of Black Portraiture in America
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Self-Taught Genius: A History of Black Portraiture in America. Thursday 5 June 2014, 6pm. Talks at the American Museum in Britain.

Self-Taught Genius: A History of Black Portraiture in America

Joshua Johnson’s Portrait of a Gentleman. Image courtesy of the American Museum in Britain

Self-Taught Genius’s Portrait of a Gentleman is one of the American Museum’s most evocative paintings. Starting with this image, Professor Celeste Marie Bernier traces the history of African American portraiture from its birth in the 18th century among the black artists who strove to create art against the odds.

Celeste Marie Bernier is a Professor of African American Studies at Nottingham University and is currently a Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Yale University.

£7 (£5 Museum members).

All participants must register to take part in courses, workshops, and lectures. To register call 01225 820866 or email

American Museum in Britain. Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD Tel: 01225 460503.

**The American Museum in Britain opened to the public in 1961. Dallas Pratt and John Judkyn considered establishing a Museum of Americana in Britain as early as 1956, after visiting several historic house and ‘living history’ museums in the United States. Many decades on, The American Museum in Britain remains the only museum outside the United States to showcase the decorative arts of America.

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