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biografía de James Amos PORTER (1905-1970)

Lugar de nacimiento: Baltimore, MD

Lugar de defunción: Wash., DC

Direcciones: Wash., DC

Profesión: Art historian, writer, painter, illustrator, designer, educator

Estudios: Howard Univ. (B.S.); ASL, with George Bridgman and Dimitri Romanovsky; NY Univ. (MA.); Sorbonne, Paris, France (Medieval Art Study); Cuba and Haiti, 1945-46; Rubens House, Brussels, Belgium, summer 1955; Instituto Allende, Mexico, summer 1961 (fresco painting); West and North Africa,1963-64 (African Art and Arch.)

Exposiciones: Wash. WCC, 1926-28; Harmon Exh., 1928-1929 (hon. men.), 1930, 1933 (prize); Nat. Exh. Negro Art, 1928-45; Smithsonian Inst., Exh. of Paintings and Sculpture of American Negro Artists, 1929, 1930, 1933; Howard Univ. Gal., 1930, 1938, 1965, 1992-93 (all solos); 13th annual Philadephia WC Exh., 1932; AWCS, 1931; Dept. Labor Auditorium, 1942; A. Week Exh., 1942, 1944; Atlanta Univ., 3rd annual exh., 1944; Barnett-Aden Gal., Wash., DC, 1948 (solo); Dupont Theater Art Gal., Wash., DC, 1948 (solo) Calif. Arts Commission, The Negro in American Art, 1966-67 (traveling); LACMA, 1976 (Two Centuries of Black American Art); Bellevue, WA, Art Mus., Hidden Heritage, 1986-87 (traveling). Awards: fellowship, Institut d'Art et d'Archéologie, Université de Paris, Sorbonne, 1935; second prize, best review, Journal of Negro History, 1937, 1941; Rockefeller Found. Travel Grant, Cuba & Haiti, 1945-46; fellowship, Belgian American Educational Found. and the Belgian Ministry of Education, Belgium, 1955; Achievement in Art, Pyramid Cl., Phila., 1955; Evening Star Faculty Research Grant, Howard Univ., 1964 (Brazil); America's Outstanding Men of the Arts, National Gal., 1965.

Asociaciones: Arts Council of Wash., DC; CAA; Am. A. Cong.; Belgian-American Art Seminar; United Negro College Fund Comm.; Museum of African Art (charter mem.)

Obra: DuSable Mus. of African Am. History, Chicago, IL; Fisk Univ.; Hampton Inst.; Howard Univ. Gal. A.; Lincoln Univ., Jefferson City, Mo.; Harmon Fnd., NY; Mus. of African Am. Art, Tampa, FL; National Afr.-Am. Mus. and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH; National Portrait Gal.; IBM; murals, 12th Street Branch, YMCA, Wash., DC, Rankin Chapel, Wash., DC.

Comentarios: His publication, Modern Negro Art," 1943, laid the foundation for the study of African-American, African, and African-Brazillian art history. His numerous other publications include "The Negro Artist and Racial Bias," Art Front (March 1936), 8-9; "Robert S. Duncanson, Midwestern Romantic-Realist," 1951; Ten Afro-American Artists of the Nineteenth Century (Wash., DC: Howard Univ. Gal. of Art, 1967). Contributor to Art in America, Art Quarterly, Encyclopedia of the Arts. Position: prof. and chairman in the Dept. Art at Howard Univ., Wash., DC. 1953-70. Illus., "Playsongs of the Deep South"; "Talking Animals."

Fuentes: WW59; WW47; James A. Porter, Artist and Art Historian: The Memory of the Legacy (Wash., DC: Howard Univ. Gal. of Art, 1992); Bearden and Henderson, A History of African-American Artists; Driskell, Hidden Heritage, 41, 61 (repro. fig. 43); Cederholm, Afro-American Artists (cites a death date of 1971); add'l info. courtesy Jacqueline Francis, New Haven, Conn. "

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