Telfair Museums presents a free talk by distinguished museum director and artist Kimberly Camp for the fall 2017 Lawrence Lecture. Ms. Camp will tell the fascinating story of renowned art collector Albert C. Barnes and his relationship with the African American community in a lecture titled, The Barnes Foundation: Beyond the Mainstream. The lecture will take place at 6pm on October 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The Barnes Foundation houses an extraordinary number of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Degas and others. The history of the foundation however, has been plagued by myths, rumors and disputes. In this lecture, Ms. Camp focuses on the true history of the foundation and its founder, based on her research of the foundation’s archives, oral histories and the continuing controversies she managed during her service as CEO and president.
Other than art, Barnes’ interests included what came to be called the Harlem Renaissance, and he followed its artists and writers. In March 1925, Barnes wrote an essay “Negro Art and America,” published in the Survey Graphic of Harlem. Barnes also continued to support young African American artists and musicians with scholarships to study at the foundation and helping his workers purchase homes.
In 1998, Kimberly Camp became the first president and professional CEO in the history of the Barnes Foundation. She is a former director of the Experimental Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Charles Wight Museum of African American History in Detroit and, has served internationally as a panelist and speaker at numerous events.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Telfair’s Friends of African American Arts and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture Fund. Additional support is provided by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.