Fall of 2019 was busy for the BDA! With the contributions of UT Libraries staff, the BDA intern, and Archival Enterprise I students from the UT iSchool, three collections were processed:
With all the events going on around town this month, it’s easy to forget that we have several excellent art galleries right on campus. Luckily, I’m here to remind you about two shows currently on display at the Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) and the Benson Latin American Collection which spotlight both diverse artists and the wealth of art resources here at UT Austin.
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Natalie Hill is one of the inaugural members of the Consuelo Artaza and Dr. Carlos Castañeda Diversity Alliance Residency Program. She is currently in her second semester of the residency.
That Which Surrounds Us: Selections from Brandywine Art Prints, 1982–2013, explores two elements central to the human experience—space and time. Sometimes indistinguishable, yet still distinct, factors of space and time shape our identity and inform how we view and operate in the world. Shown in two parts—Surrounded by Space and Surrounded by Time—this exhibition highlights personal expressions of these natural elements while showcasing the diverse array of fine art prints included in the Brandywine Art Prints Collection. Continue reading “That Which Surrounds Us: Selections from the Brandywine Art Prints, 1982-2013”
In 2017, the BDA began a strategic initiative to increase the Benson’s acquisition of rare books featuring Black Diaspora subjects. In its first year, this project brought in eight new titles, including three books from Jamaican graphic novelist Andrew Francis’ series, The Cat.
On Friday, September 14, 2018, the BDA celebrated the archive and exhibition opening of the Edmund W. Gordon Papers. Continue reading “Highlights from the Edmund W. Gordon Archive and Exhibition Opening”
Last month, the Black Diaspora Archive announced its inaugural exhibition featuring the works of psychologist, academic and social activist Edmund W. Gordon, the namesake to UT’s Gordon-White building.
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The Black Diaspora Archive’s foundational collection, the Edmund Gordon Papers, 1933-2010, is highlighted in the exhibition Life, Leadership, and Learning: From the Archive of Edmund W. Gordon. The exhibition is now on view in the second floor gallery at the Benson Latin American Collection.
The vision for the Black Diaspora Archive at The University of Texas at Austin came into focus in 2013 as a collaborative project between Black Studies, LLILAS Benson, and the University of Texas Libraries. After years of continued successful collaboration, Black Studies approached LLILAS Benson with the idea of creating an archive devoted to the Black Diaspora. Since its founding in 1921, the Benson Latin American Collection has actively collected Latin American materials that document communities and people of color, but it had never done so in a planned and dedicated way. Very quickly, leadership Continue reading “Establishing History: The Black Diaspora Archive and the Texas Domestic Slave Trade Project”