During the spring 2021 semester, students in Abbe Schriber’s course, African American Art, created podcasts, zines, and a website to showcase their research into Bob Thompson’s art practice.
Prior to the opening of the exhibition, students in the spring 2021 Colby College course AR256: African American Art dove deep into Bob Thompson‘s hunger for new ways of seeing, exploring his relationships to the European canon, free jazz, post-war Pop art, the backdrop of civil rights and desegregation, spirituality, his relation to Black aesthetics, and other Black artists in the 1960s. Their creative insights amplify the reception of Thompson in the age of Black Lives Matter, and position his work as connected to African American art, visual culture, and social/political life.
–Visiting Instructor of Art (Spring 2021), Abbe Schriber
Listen and watch excerpts of student podcasts below:
The exhibition Bob Thompson: This House is Mine is on view at the Colby College Museum of Art through January 9, 2022. Learn more about the exhibition here.