Renée Stout

Conversations with Artists

January 31, 2019, 6:30 pm

University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection

Renée Stout is a Washington, DC, artist whose paintings and sculptures have earned her international recognition. Stout’s assemblages incorporate found objects, African symbols, remnants of stories and letters, and vintage photographs. A 1980 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, her career began with photo-realist paintings of everyday urban neighborhoods. Soon, she developed mystical interests, delving into ancient African traditions, magic, and her vivid imagination. Her fascination with fortunetellers and the healing power of Voodoo priests was on display in her 1993 exhibition at the National Museum of African Art, where Stout’s fetishistic pieces were presented alongside Kongo carvings, believed to have healing powers. Her works are in many museum collections, including The Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Renée Stout will be joined in conversation with Vesela Sretenović, senior curator of modern and contemporary art.

Two ASL interpreters will be onsite for this event.