Free public lecture: "Web of Life: The Legacy of John Biggers" by Dr. Alvia Wardlaw
John Biggers, best known for his murals, left behind a large body of rich narrative artwork about the human condition and African American culture. Maya Angelou described his work as “leading us through his expressions into the discovery of ourselves at our most intimate level." The founding chairman of the art department at Texas Southern University, Biggers left an extraordinary legacy, both through his art and his dedicated teaching. Dr. Wardlaw's lecture will focus on John Biggers' art philosophy, based in large part on his travels to Africa and his celebration of the African-American community. It will conclude with an examination of his legacy with regards to the immense productivity and success of those student artists who studied with him and his impact upon the modern art world.