Art’s Henry Adams to lead discussion on art museum guard, local artist Dexter Davis

Henry AdamsThe Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities’ upcoming Faculty Work-In-Progress event will be led by Henry Adams, professor of American art. Adams will present “Dexter Davis: Artist on an Urban Battleground,” examining the pathway that led Davis to becoming an artist. Davis, one of Cleveland’s leading artists, grew up in a neighborhood wracked by gang violence, and he currently works as a guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In a conversation with Davis, Adams will explore the struggle to sustain his artistic career despite financial hardships and other challenges, and—in a larger context—the role of art in eroding the cultural and social boundaries of the 21st century urban environment.

The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 20, in Clark Hall 206. A reception will begin at 4:15 p.m., followed by the program at 4:30 p.m.