Melvin Edwards and Lydie Diakhaté in conversation

Melvin Edwards and Lydie Diakhaté in conversation, with a special premiere screening of Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards

In conjunction with the exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, currently at the Columbus Museum of Art, Beeler Gallery presents an evening conversation with Melvin Edwards and filmmaker Lydie Diakhaté. The event features a special premiere screening of Diakhaté’s documentary film Some Bright Morning: The Art of Melvin Edwards which tells the global story of this renowned artist.

Born in the segregated South in the 1930s, Edwards has created innovative, abstract welded-steel sculptures since the early 1960s. His work often incorporates found objects, and has frequently addressed social issues and racial violence. Following the artist from his New York gallery to both Ghana and Senegal, Some Bright Morning places Edwards’ life and work in an international context. The film explores his particularly strong connections with Africa, as well as how pan-Africanism and black internationalism inform his work. In extensive interviews, the artist discusses the cultural and political values that have enabled him to establish his own artistic language over the past five decades.

The exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades is organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. The exhibition is presented by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional major support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to CMA’s major sponsors, the presentation at the Columbus Museum of Art is supported by the Friends of Melvin Edwards: Five Decades.

This event will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Canzani Center Screening Room at Columbus College of Art & Design (60 Cleveland Ave.) at the Beeler Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

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