AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[TN] Fisk exhibit shines light...
Fisk exhibit shines light on African-American art
By JONATHAN MARX
Over its 140-year history, Fisk University has served as one of Nashville's cultural beacons, celebrated as the home of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the school that graduated such esteemed writers as W.E.B. DuBois and Nikki Giovanni.
Lately, however, the financially strapped university has found itself in the middle of a controversy raging over its intent to sell two paintings from its Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art: Marsden Hartley's "Painting No. 3" and Georgia O'Keeffe's "Radiator Building — Night, New York."
Awaiting a February court date that will determine whether it has the legal right to sell the paintings, Fisk faces a dilemma. Will it be forced to hold onto these paintings, or will it stand to make millions while letting go of two hugely important masterworks, bequeathed to the school in 1949 by none other than
The situation yields no easy answers, but Fisk University gallery director Dr. Victor Simmons points out that the furor over the embattled Stieglitz Collection — which sits in storage while the school's Carl Van Vechten Gallery undergoes renovations — obscures the more than 4,000 other artworks that Fisk counts among its holdings.