PSO Soundtracks

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
7 pm
Princeton Public Library


In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents “From Tanner to Puryear: African American Art,” a talk given by Laura M. Giles, Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Princeton University Art Museum. Ms. Giles will discuss the significance of the museum’s African American art collection, touching upon the work of renowned African American artist Jacob Lawrence. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday, October 6 Classical Series concert American Voices features local composer Derek Bermel’s Migration Series. This piece depicts the narrative panel series by artist Jacob Lawrence which tells the story of the Great African American Migration from the rural South to the industrial North.

Laura M. Giles is an internationally recognized scholar of Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawings and has held the position of curator of prints and drawings at the Princeton University Art Museum since December 2000. Previously, Ms. Giles was research curator of Italian drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, curator of paintings and drawings and assistant professor of art history at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, and served as curatorial assistant in the departments of prints and drawings at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree in Art History from Williams College, and a doctorate in Fine Arts from Harvard University.

This PSO Soundtracks lecture is one of a many events making up The Migration Series Project.