Episode 04: Artist & Author, Nell Painter: Disturbing The Peace From Newark
What's Newark Got To Do With It?
When I think of Nell’s visual and literary practices, a favorite quote of the iconic American author and social justice advocate, James Baldwin, comes to mind: “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” So, join me in a lively conversation with Nell Painter to discover how this brilliant Newark transplant uses her artistic talents to “disturb the peace”.Nell Painter, the painter formerly known as the historian Nell Irvin Painter, is author of many books, including The History of White People, Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol, Creating Black Americans and Old In Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over.She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University, a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, an M.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design .Nell is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita at Princeton University and lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.Nell’s recent artist books include From Slavery To Freedom, was commissioned by Emma Wilcox for Aferro Gallery in Newark, 2020. This book, along with American Whiteness Since Trump, 2020 is part of her In the year of the Great Upheaval 2020 series.“My work carries discursive as well as visual meaning, and I make it in my characteristic manual + digital process. Using found images and digital manipulation, I reconfigure the past and revision myself through self-portraits. After a life of historical truth and political engagement with American society, my artwork represents freedom. Including the freedom to be totally self-centered.” — Nell PainterLearn and see more about Nell Painter and her artistic practice at her website: www.nellpainter.com Nell Painter with her Odalisque Atlas – White History as Told Through Art: Solo show at Harvard University October-November 2019 Nell Painter, 3g. Motherwell in the Adirondacks 17, 2016, digital collage, 32" x 32" Nell Painter, WEB/Booker T. Opera, City Scene, 2017, sketch for opera backdrop, digital paper collage, 6 ft. x 8 ft. Opera produced by Trilogy Opera Company in Newark, NJ, subject matter based on Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Nell Painter, Photo Left: Installation view of three works by Nell Painter, published by the Brodsky Center, (from left): Wise Woman Inside, You Say This Can't Really Be America, and Wise Woman Disappears. Photo Right: You Say This Can't Really Be America, 2017, digital and silkscreen print on Sunset Cotton etching paper. One of Eight parts, 17" x 17" each. Nell Painter, From Slavery to Freedom, 2020, Page 12. This is a series of 15 drawings, each 8.5" x 5.5", commissioned by Emma Wilcox for Aferro Gallery in Newark.
Episode No. 440 is an Easter weekend and Passover holiday clips edition featuring author and artist Nell Painter. Painter is the author of Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. The “starting over” of the title refers to Painter’s retirement after an elite career as an Ivy League historian to return to college as a sixty-something student — first to take undergraduate studio art courses at Rutgers, then to pursue an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Painter’s memoir details her interactions with students and faculty, and how she tried to think through how to make art after having spent decades teaching and writing history. Before going to art school, Painter was one of America’s most distinguished historians. She is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her books include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People. She is a past president of both the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association. Earlier this year, Painter assumed the chairmanship of The MacDowell Colony. Old in Art School came out in paperback late last year; Amazon offers the Kindle edition for just $4.
What Does It Mean To be "White"? (featuring Professor Nell Painter)
Let's Talk About Race
Do you know where the term "Caucasian" comes from? Or that true "Caucasians" are considered to be "Black" in Russia? Did you know that the term "white" was once subdivided into many different races of whiteness? To understand more about America's complex and ever-changing relationship with Whiteness, I sit down with the author of "The History of White People", and esteemed Professor Emerita from Princeton University, Nell Irvin Painter.
Meet award winning scholar, historian, author, artist Nell Painter, the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include, "Standing at Armageddon," "Sojourner Truth, "and the New York Times bestseller, "The History of White People." But her most recent book is all about second chapters. Old in "Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over," chronicles Nell's return to the classroom as an undergrad to study painting, following her retirement from Princeton. Needless to say, we cover a lot of territory in this conversation with such an accomplished, fascinating, creative woman.
Are You Thinking About Going Back to School in Retirement? – Nell Painter
The Retirement Wisdom Podcast
In this conversation on our retirement podcast, our attention turns to adult learning and ongoing adult education. We talk with Dr. Nell Painter, a distinguished historian and retired professor from Princeton University, about her latest book Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over (named one of Time’s Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far). She shares her insights about her experience in returning to school for a BA and MFA in a different field, the challenges and obstacles she overcame, and what she learned about reinventing herself along the way. It’s a compelling story because of the adversity she faced along the way, from people you’d expect would be encouraging and supporting her pursuit of lifelong learning. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of returning to school, you’ll benefit from hearing the inspiring story of her adult learning journey – and her practical advice and wisdom on how to get started on your ongoing adult education. __________________________ Dr. Nell Painter: Nell Painter’s Website Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over on Amazon (Note: Named One of O: The Oprah Magazine‘s Top Books of Summer) Follow Dr. Painter on Twitter: @PainterNell Dr. Painter’s complete bio __________________________ Related Podcasts You May Like Retired, But Not Done Yet – Dr. Cynthia Barnett How to Build a Non-Profit Encore Career – Betsy Werley No Finish Line – Meyer Feldberg How Seniors Are Saving the World With Activism – Thelma Reese With the Freedom to Retire, Where Will You Plant Your New Tree? – Don Ezra Advice for Successful Career Women Transitioning to Retirement – Helen Dennis ________________________ About Retirement Wisdom We help people who are retiring, but not done yet, discover what’s next. A long retirement is a terrible thing to waste. And a meaningful retirement doesn’t just happen by accident. We help you design the life in retirement that’s uniquely right for you. Retire smarter. Schedule a call today to discuss how we can help you make yours great.
As a Princeton Professor of history emerita and the author of seven books, Dr. Nell Irvin Painter has made her mark in the world of academia and now as a painter. Carol Jenkins sat down with her to discuss her voice, her art, and her opinion.
Nell Painter 2/28/09: Reed College Black History Month 2009
Black History Month - audio
This year’s events honoring Black History Month at Reed celebrate music, political activism, and scholarship. The program, which is free and open to the public, opens February 6 and 7 with a master class and performance by award-winning composer and pianist Geri Allen. A second event, February 21, brings internationally known writer, scholar, and activist Angela Davis to campus. The program concludes with a lecture by historian Nell Irvin Painter on February 28.
Nell Painter 2/28/09: Reed College Black History Month 2009
Black History Month - videos
This year’s events honoring Black History Month at Reed celebrate music, political activism, and scholarship. The program, which is free and open to the public, opens February 6 and 7 with a master class and performance by award-winning composer and pianist Geri Allen. A second event, February 21, brings internationally known writer, scholar, and activist Angela Davis to campus. The program concludes with a lecture by historian Nell Irvin Painter on Februar
Also on the program, historian Nell Irvin Painter examines what history reveals about the current state of inequality in America. Painter looks at today's economic disparity as a new "Gilded Age" that threatens democracy.
As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama make their appeals to lower-income voters in Ohio and Texas, expert on media and politics Kathleen Hall Jamieson analyzes the messages on the campaign trail in the lead up to Tuesday's potentially decisive primaries. Also on the program, historian Nell Irvin Painter examines what history reveals about the current state of inequality in America. Painter looks at today's economic disparity as a new "Gilded Age" that threatens democracy.