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Edmund B. Gaither

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Every duck has to praise his own pond.

Birthplace

Born:
10/6/1944
Birth Location:
Great Falls, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Every duck has to praise his own pond.

Birthplace

Born:
10/6/1944
Birth Location:
Great Falls
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Biography

Edmund Barry Gaither was born in Great Falls, South Carolina, on October 6, 1944. Growing up in a small town, Gaither had a devout interest in the arts, but no access to museums. Attending Morehouse College proved to be very influential to his growth as a person, as it was the first time that Gaither had the opportunity to live with and appreciate paintings and sculptures first-hand. Additionally, all of his formal understanding and training in the visual arts and art history began there. Gaither graduated from Morehouse with a B.A. degree and went on to obtain a M.F.A. from Brown University in 1968.

Since 1969, Gaither has been a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is also the founder and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Using the Museum of Fine Arts as his base, he has developed the National Center's permanent collection and organized many exhibitions. His work has established the National Center as a vital cultural presence for African American art in Boston and the nation.

Gaither has taught at Spellman College, Wellesley College, Harvard University, and Boston University, as well as serving as panel chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts and on President George W. Bush's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither talks about his father's family background and his attitude towards education
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edmund Gaither talks about family stories his father shared with him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edmund Gaither details the racial origins of his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edmund Gaither recalls his mother's family origins and her personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edmund Gaither talks about his mother's personality and attitude towards education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither shares a story about his youngest sister Diane
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edmund Gaither discusses his personal preference with his name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edmund Gaither describes his personality and artistic ability as a young boy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edmund Gaither shares stories from his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edmund Gaither describes the South Carolina educational system of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edmund Gaither talks about his high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither details the educational obstacles he encountered growing up in the segregated South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edmund Gaither discusses his supplemental lessons in black history as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edmund Gaither details the disenfranchisement of politically-active blacks in his community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edmund Gaither talks about his father's union-organizing activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edmund Gaither talks about his parents nurturing his interest in the arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edmund Gaither details his childhood observations regarding his music and art interests
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither recalls his experiences in student government in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edmund Gaither explains his decision to go to Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edmund Gaither details his Morehouse College experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edmund Gaither talks more about his experiences at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Edmund Gaither recalls his exposure to the fine arts while at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Edmund Gaither details how he arrived in Massachusetts from Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither recalls his experiences at Brown University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Edmund Gaither talks about his career path in art history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Edmund Gaither details how he landed the curatorial position at the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Edmund Gaither talks about the beginnings of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Edmund Gaither recalls the establishment of the current site of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither discusses his other activities in his professional career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Edmund Gaither talks about his career successes at the National Center of Afro-American Artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Edmund Gaither details the assistance the National Center receives from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Edmund Gaither explains the National Center's dependency on other local institutions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Edmund Gaither discusses the future of the African American museum community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Edmund Gaither talks about the future of today's African Americans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Edmund Gaither reflects on what he would like his legacy to be