‘The Image of the Black in Western Art’ is focus of symposium

Humanities scholars and contributing authors of “The Image of the Black in Western Art” — a multi-volume book series that explores portrayals of people of African descent across 5,000 years of art in Europe and the Americas — will gather on campus on Friday, May 3 for a one-day symposium.

“The Image of the Black in Western Art” will examine the influence of art on perceptions of identity across the globe. The speakers will focus on three topics — the ancient world, early modern Europe, and 20th-century art — and will investigate the multiple meanings of black images throughout the entire field of art history as a world discipline.

Hosted by the Department of African American Studies and the Yale University Art Gallery, the event will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, visit the event’s website. To register, email afamstudies@yale.edu.