The life and art of acclaimed painter Barkley L. Hendricks, who died suddenly April 18, will be celebrated May 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he completed four years of study in 1967.
PAFA announced a slew of speakers for the memorial, including David R. Brigham, head of the academy; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Melissa McClinton, Mr. Hendricks’ niece; Richard J. Powell, dean of the humanities and professor of art and art history at Duke University; Trevor Schoonmaker, curator at Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art; and Richard Watson, exhibitions manager and artist in residence at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Jazz pianist Randy Weston will perform.
Mr. Hendricks, born and raised in Philadelphia, went on from PAFA to Yale University, where he received his BFA and MFA. His work was focused on the figure, specifically the black figure, which he rendered in sometimes gritty, sometimes elegant splendor. Mr. Hendricks taught for many years at Connecticut College in New London, where he lived, and he visited many other institutions, including PAFA, as both critic and teacher.
Mr. Hendricks received numerous awards for his work, which is in the collections of many of the nation’s major museums. In 2008, the Nasher Museum of Art organized a 57-painting career retrospective, “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool.” That show traveled to PAFA in 2009.
The memorial will be followed by a reception at PAFA, Broad and Cherry Streets.