FAU University Galleries

A.E. Backus and Florida’s Highwaymen:
History, Commerce and Art

Ritter Art Gallery: September 16 - November 19, 2016
Opening: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30pm
Press Package

Ritter Installation
Ritter Installation
Ritter Installation
Ritter Installation

A.E. Backus and Florida’s Highwaymen: History, Commerce and Art brings to the public new scholarly insights into the work of
“Bean” Backus, Florida's preeminent landscape painter, and the Highwaymen, 26 African-American artists, influenced to varying
degrees by Backus. The project centers on an exhibition of selected original Backus works owned by Florida Atlantic University and
an approximately equal number of Highwaymen paintings of regional collectors. Public lectures and gallery talks by Florida-based
humanities scholars will inform visitors of the social, historical, and political milieu of these artists. A panel discussion among
several contemporary African-American visual artists will critically examine and offer fresh perspectives on the content,
stylistic renderings, and aesthetics of these paintings.


Public Programs:
Free & Open to the Public
All Programs and Events at the Ritter Art Gallery

Backus and Highwaymen Paintings:
Idyllic Images and the Florida Dream

Thursday, September 15 at 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Evan Bennett (humanities scholar)

Gallery Talk
Saturday, September 24 at 2pm
Speaker: Project Director, Arlene Fradkin
On the Occasion of the University Galleries
Family Art Day Event 1-4pm

Documenting 20 Years of Researching the Highwaymen
Thursday, September 29 at 7pm
Speaker: Gary Monroe (humanities scholar)

Race and Mediation: Culture, Identity, and Escape in Florida
Thursday, October 20 at 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Julian Chambliss (humanities scholar)
Historical and Social Contexts of Backus/Highwaymen
Narrative in Mid-20th Century Jim Crow Florida

Friday, October 28 at 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs (humanities scholar)

Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 3 at 7pm
Speakers: Mallory O’Connor (moderator),
Onajide Shabaka (discussant),Adler Guerrier (discussant),
Khaulah Nuruddin (discussant) – all humanities scholars.

Introduction on history of Florida landscape painting by moderator,
followed by 3 visual artists as panel discussants critically examining
the content, stylistic renderings, and aesthetics of the Backus versus
Highwaymen paintings from the perspective of African-American studies.

Race and Visual Representation vis-à-vis the Highwaymen
Thursday, November 10 at 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Michael D. Harris (humanities scholar)

A.E. Backus: Style and Patronage
Thursday, November 17 at 7pm
Speaker: Dr. Natasha Kuzmanovic (humanities scholar)

Florida Humanities CouncilFunding for this program was provided through a grant from the
Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations
expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the
Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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