August 31, 2010 — Tyler Stovall, undergraduate dean and professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a lecture accompanying the museum's exhibition "Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens" on Sept. 16 at the University of Virginia Art Museum. The lecture starts at 5:30 p.m.
Stovall is the author of several books and edited volumes devoted to diaspora and the expatriate experience in France. His "Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light" (1996) is a key study of the communities of African-American writers, musicians, artists and intellectuals in Paris in the 20th century.
Organized by International Arts and Artists, "Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens" presents photographs of African objects by the American artist Man Ray and his international avant-garde contemporaries of the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to providing fresh insight into Man Ray's photographic practice, the exhibition raises questions concerning the representation, reception, and perception of African art as mediated by the camera lens.
The lecture, to be held in Campbell Hall, room 153, is free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.