The Power of African American History: Bernard Williams’ Talking Wall at IUPUI
Indianapolis Cultural Trail
(Remarks as prepared)
It’s a pleasure to be here this morning as we dedicate the Talking Wall sculpture by Bernard Williams.
Like some of the finest works of art, the Talking Wall represents so much more than what we can see on the surface. It literally and figuratively casts complicated shadows that speak to the power of African American history in the city of Indianapolis and across the country. Designs referencing historical figures like Madame C.J. Walker and Wes Montgomery are included here as are rich patterns drawn from African and African American artistic history.
The Talking Wall . . . literally and figuratively casts complicated shadows that speak to the power of African American history in the city of Indianapolis and across the country.
At IUPUI we are proud of that history, and we are also proud to be part of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It ties our campus to the incredible artist traditions that are such a vital part of the Indianapolis community. I’m particularly pleased that the sculpture is positioned here between two garages along Blackford because, for many people, this artistic treasure will welcome them to campus and will bid them farewell when they leave.
May Bernard Williams’ sculpture serve as a milestone as we make IUPUI more beautiful and more welcoming to those who work and study here and to those who visit our campus in the heart of the great city of Indianapolis.
Now it is my great pleasure to introduce Chancellor Emeritus Charles Bantz, who led the IUPUI campus from 2003 to 2015. He helped transform in many different ways, including the central role he played in bringing this important sculpture to campus.
Would you please help me welcome Charles Bantz?