“I was used to juggling my self-perception and other people’s views of me as a black person and as a woman, from within and without. But now what I took as me seemed almost inconsequential as my essence shriveled into my age.” –N. Painter
How are women, and artists, “seen” and judged by their age, race, and looks? And how does this seeing change, depending upon what is asked of the viewer? Who defines “an Artist,” and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference? “Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over” (Counterpoint Press) represents an ongoing exploration of such questions, one that ultimately honors curiosity, openness, and joy—the joy of embracing creativity, the importance of hard work, and the stubborn determination of your own value. Please join us for an evening with Nell Painter, Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University.