From the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) national tour of “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.” Historians, friends, and experts discuss the genius of modern American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) in this companion video to the traveling exhibition. Who was Bearden? Why was his work special? How did relate to the past, in particular to the literary past? Hear how Bearden interpreted Homer’s classic tale “The Odyssey” in a series of amazing works on display together for the first time since the 1970s.