MARBL to announce acquisitions at symposium

Published 10-24-2011

Image caption: Illustration by J. Biggers for Lorenz Graham's 1966 book I, Momolu.

Thurs., Nov. 3 at 4 pm/Jones Room: The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University recently acquired two major collections related to African American art and art history, to be announced at a program at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. “Art, Artists, and Archives: A Conversation with Hazel Biggers and Amalia K. Amaki,” moderated by Emory Professor Emeritus Richard A. Long, will address the importance of preserving papers related to artists and art history, among other topics.

Panelists will include Hazel Biggers, through whose generosity Emory received papers of her late husband, John Biggers. Dr. Biggers (1924-2001) attended the Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and earned his degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He taught for many years at Texas Southern University, where he founded its art department. An internationally recognized artist, Biggers traveled widely in Africa and studied African artistic and cultural traditions. This knowledge had a significant impact on his own work as a muralist, printmaker and painter.

Dr. Amalia K. Amaki, professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Alabama, is also on the panel. She was instrumental in helping Emory acquire the papers of the late Paul R. Jones (1928-2010). Jones was a renowned patron of the arts, especially of young and emerging artists. His interests and life as businessman, civil rights activist, and collector are documented in more than 75 linear feet of manuscripts, photos, audio and visual material and books.

The Nov. 3 program is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by MARBL, the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, and the departments of African American Studies and Art History. The program will take place in the Jones Room on the third floor of Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle on the Emory campus in Atlanta, 30322. Parking is available in the Fishburne Deck; visit for directions.

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