Virtual Lectures to Explore African-American Art of the 20th Century


Linden Place Mansion hosts talks highlighting the lives and work of influential African-American artists.


In celebration of Black History Month, Linden Place Mansion is hosting a series of talks, held virtually, highlighting African-American art and artists of the 20th Century. These timely talks will highlight the lives and works of some of the most influential African-American artists. Join us as we explore a wide assortment of art media and address themes of identity, experience, culture, racism, civil rights, and more. The talks will be broken up into three weekly sessions:


Week 1, February 22, 4 PM – Jacob Lawrence and Horace Pippen; Rurel and Urban Life and the Great Migration

Week 2, March 1, 4 PM – Charles White & Elizabeth Catlett; Portraits in Drawing, Printing and Sculpture

Week 3, March 8, 4 PM – Romaire Bearden & Basqiat; From Jazz to Hip Hop, Musical Influences

The talks will feature artist, Suzanne Lewis. Suzanne Lewis has over 30 years experience in the field of Adult Education, having taught both classes in English as a Second Language and GED classes in Providence and Central Falls. She has a degree in Art of Teaching from Rhode Island College. She is also a practicing artist with a Certificate in Drawing and Painting Studies from RISD. For the past 10 years she has given presentations on different artists and periods of Art History through the Lifelong Learning Collaborative and other local art associations.

Registration for the three session is $20, $15 for Linden Place and Portsmouth Art Guild members. To register, visit

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Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment.