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Courtside: Elliot Perry and Darrell Walker on collecting art at the National Gallery

The National Gallery of Art's is going to host discussions in February for Black History Month. (Courtesy of National Gallery of Art) (Dennis Brack/Black Star)

Both men have accumulated sizeable collections of African American art and the National Gallery of Art has invited them to discuss collecting and the eyes they developed for choosing just the right piece.

The gallery announced Wednesday a full plate of programs for African American History Month.

Opening the discussions will be a conversation between David C. Driskell, the artist, collector, adviser and emeritus professor at the University of Maryland and Ruth Fine, a longtime curator at the National Gallery. It takes place Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. All programs are free.

Perry and Walker will appear Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. with Michael D. Harris, associate professor at Emory University. Both Perry and Walker have had gallery exhibitions of their collections, which include Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, as well as some contemporary artists.

Some hot-button topics in the museum world will be discussed March 4 at 2 p.m. with Bridget R. Cooks, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. She has just written “Exhibiting Blackness; African Americans and the American Art Museum.”

A complete schedule is available at the National Gallery.

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