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What we are calling African American art is the missing segment of American art, the missing segment of world art. It’s important because it gives people the opportunity to learn about artists who by and large they would not know about.

Carter B. Cue, Adult Services Librarian at Durham County Library and member of the Nasher Museum Friends Board

About Carter B. Cue

See Cue’s book recommendations, within Reading Black Art, a non-exhaustive collection of resources on art, art history and visual culture of the African Diaspora.

Carter B. Cue is a native of Durham but a citizen of the world, having lived in or traveled to many countries in Africa, Europe and the Americas as a means of becoming a more tolerant and open-minded human being. His formal education was obtained from Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in English and a MLS in Library Science, but his informal and ongoing education includes interests in horticulture, design, architecture, visual and performing art, anthropology, religion, textiles, science, futurism, the history of books, history and many other subjects that capture his attention on any given day of the week. As a trained librarian and archivist—not to mention a reformed and ardent book collector—he enjoys the simple pleasures of reading fiction and non-fiction of all stripes. He takes a great deal of joy in locating forgotten or overlooked artists and artwork that have escaped the attention of collectors and museums.

Books are sort of a vicarious way to understand the life, the way the practice of the artists— how they live within the world how they experience and what is it that made them become artists, what is it that shaped their practice as artists.

Carter B. Cue

Cue has written some articles and book chapters, worked on a few documentaries, authored a book and done some public speaking when asked, but his greatest desire is to ultimately, hopefully, write the “great American novel.”

His favorite quotes (which he tries to live by as best he can) are “Carpe Diem” (Seize the Day) and “Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.”

The significance of reading these books is it gives the reader a different perspective and a broader understanding of the total perspective of art in American society.

Carter B. Cue

He is the husband of a beautiful, kind and generous woman DeLois Cue and a relative and friend to others. Lastly, he enjoys indulging in food from various cultures and countries, because he understands that to eat different foods is the best way to understand other people and other cultures.

Cue is an Adult Services Librarian at Durham County Library and member of the Nasher Museum Friends Board.

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