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Recovering Women’s Legacies: Artists, Dealers, Collectors, and Patrons • Part Three: Florence Sloan and Nanette Bearden
Personal Ambitions and Communal Uplift: The Collector Florence Sloan through her Archive

Evie Terrono, Professor of Art History, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia

Raised in New York City, and nurtured in the city’s art museums, Florence Sloan (1873-1953) brought her cultural aspirations to the small southern city of Norfolk, Virginia, at the turn of the last century. In Norfolk, she amassed a remarkably diverse collection that was expressive of the aesthetic, cosmopolitan concerns of the Gilded age, and that remains virtually intact at Hermitage, her Arts and Crafts home. Her collection stands as a testament to her insatiable collecting desires, buttressed by a meticulously kept archive that allows us to reconstruct the private ambitions and the public aspirations of this deliberate, methodical, and well-informed collector. This presentation will provide insights into the development of Sloan’s collecting interests as recorded in her archive including her diaries while abroad, and her voluminous correspondence with artists, art dealers, and art administrators that reveals her struggles and successes in enriching the cultural scene in Norfolk.

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Legacy Building: Finding the Archive of Nanette Bearden

Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation, on Nanette Bearden

The contributions Nanette Rohan Bearden made in Romare’s life and art have long been cited by biographers and chroniclers of the preeminent artist of African American Life and culture. However, a real study of her role has yet to be assembled and celebrated fully. With the recent processing of the Romare Bearden Archives, the story of his greatest champion and partner of over 35 years can come into greater light. Diedra Harris-Kelley, CoDirector of the Bearden Foundation, and niece of Nanette, will walk through a sampling of intimate family photographs, promotional materials from collaborative projects, and materials related

Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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