David Driskell 2006


2006 Lifetime Achievement 
Award Winner
David Driskell


Anyone Can Fly Foundation 
2005 Distinguished Artist and Scholar
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
David Driskell
Video Responses



1 As a child you were encouraged to draw but what did it take for you to become an artist?

2  What are the rights of passage for contemporary white male artists and contemporary black males artists? Have thing improved since the Harlem Renaissance?

3 What is the right of passage that artists must follow to realize themselves as artists?

4 What is your passion as an artist? Why do you make art? What are you trying to tell us and why? 

5 What makes a work of art important?

6 Mary art historian and scholars have pursued
a career in art but few have persevered.
How difficult is it to be both a scholar and
an innovator? Is one more challenging or rewarding?

Q7 Is there one artist, one movement, one genre that has inspired your work more than any other?
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8 In the 50’s art student’s might discuss over a cup of coffee. What is art.

9   To Quote from your book, Hidden Heritage: African American Art 1800 -1950. “African Americans have been a vital force in American Art for nearly 300 years from Colonial times to the present this is true not only in music and dance where black contributions are recognized as  basic to American creativity but in the visual arts as well. “

 African Art influenced the modern art movement as in African sculpture and masks and Picasso and the cubists movement.  How has the art of Black America n’s influenced the US?

Can you see an influence from the sparsely composed quilts of Gee’s Bend to the and the minimalist movement of the 1970’s? 

Can you think of other genre of Black American Art and it’s impact on the modern art movement? 
What visual art forms did the slaves bring to America?
How have these visual art forms influenced mainstream American Art? 

In 1976 you curated a major African American Art exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Two Centuries of Black American Art 1750 to 1950.

You brought together the start of the Harlem Renaissance.

What was it like to be in the company of so many great artists and scholars of the Harlem Renaissance?

Who was the most significant artist of this period?

What was his/her major contribution?

10. Exhibition in LA


11.  Now that you have retired from teaching what are you doing now?

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