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Art in Focus with Dr. Frank Martin at the Columbia Museum of Art

Thursday, February 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

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In a series of spotlight talks, Dr. Frank Martin explores themes found in an individual artwork on view, offering an opportunity to discover new insights with a true fine arts specialist. To celebrate Black History Month, this second Art in Focus features Speak No, created by Columbia-based artist Michaela Pilar Brown to emphasize aspects of the Black female experience and pay homage to the iconic African artwork Queen Mother Pendant Mask. Learn more about the history and meaning of this signature CMA Collection artwork. Free with membership or admission.

Dr. Frank C. Martin II serves as visiting associate professor of art history and art theory at South Carolina State University and is the retired director of The I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium, located on the campus of the university. A graduate of Yale University and the City University of New York, Hunter College, with additional study in contemporary art and art theory at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, Martin holds a Ph.D. in philosophy with a specialization in axiology and the history of aesthetics from the University of South Carolina. A former lecturer and associate manager of the Office of Education Services for the Uris Education Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Martin has served as an academic advisor for the PBS documentary Shared History and has worked as a contributing critic in the fine arts for Charleston’s The Post and Courier. Martin is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) based in Paris.