ART: Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power | @Artsy

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“Kara Walker is one of the most high-profile and controversial artists in America. The exhibition presented three narrative portfolio series, executed in print—The Emancipation Approximation, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War and An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters.”

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Alison Saar, Weight, 2012; wood, rope, cotton scale and miscellaneous objects; Copyright Alison Saar, Images courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

 

 

Alison Saar, Cotton Eater (head), 2013; ceramic, acrylic, graphite, and cotton balls; signed and dated, etched in neck verso; Copyright Alison Saar, Images courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

Source: Alison Saar: Bearing – MoAD Museum of African Diaspora

EDITED: Saucier and Woods on Maroonage,  Antiblackness, and Black Studies

P. Khalil Saucier and Tryon P. Woods, eds. On Marroonage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 2015.

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ARTICLE: Pryor on the Etymology of ‘Nigger’ in the Antebellum North

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Effect of John Brown's invasion at the South (Nov. 19, 1859)." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-fb9f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Effect of John Brown’s invasion at the South (Nov. 19, 1859).” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-fb9f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Pryor, Elizabeth Stordeur. “The Etymology of Nigger: Resistance, Language, and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North.” Journal of the Early Republic 36, no. 2 (2016): 203–45.

Abstract:

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PODCAST: Finley on “Untitled, 1969” by Malcolm Bailey | Whitney Museum of American Art

Cheryl Finley, scholar, addresses Untitled, 1969, 1969 by Malcolm Bailey (b.1947)

LISTEN HERE: August 26, 2015, Cheryl Finley on Untitled, 1969 by Malcolm Bailey | Whitney Museum of American Art

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CFP: José Antonio Aponte and His World (NYU)

CFP: José Antonio Aponte and His World: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora

Date: May 8-9, 2015
Location: New York University, King Juan Carlos Center,
53 Washington Square South, Auditorium

Over the past fifteen years, scholars have shown a renewed interest in the political and historical legacy of José Antonio Aponte (?-1812), a free man of color, carpenter, artist, and alleged leader of a massive antislavery conspiracy and rebellion in colonial Cuba in 1811-1812. Aponte was also the creator of an unusual work of art—a “book of paintings” full of historical and mythical figures, including black kings, emperors, priests, and soldiers that he showed to and discussed with fellow conspirators. Aponte’s vision of a black history connected a diasporic and transatlantic past to the possibility of imagining a sovereign future for free and enslaved people of color in colonial Cuba. Although the “book of paintings” is believed to be lost, colonial Spanish officials interrogated Aponte about its contents after arresting him for organizing the rebellions, and Aponte’s sometimes elaborate, always elusive, descriptions of the book’s pages survive in the textual archival record.

From myriad locations in the humanities, historians, anthropologists, philosophers, literary scholars, and art historians have explored the figure of Aponte as artist, intellectual, revolutionary, and theorist. In addition to this scholarly interest, Aponte has also been re-enshrined as a national figure in contemporary Cuba, following a 2012 bicentennial that commemorated his death at the hands of colonial authorities. However, given the recent scholarly and public focus on Aponte, there has not yet been a conference dedicated to the interdisciplinary scholarly perspectives that have sought to advance the study of the singular “book of paintings” and its visionary creator.

“José Antonio Aponte and His World: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora” brings together scholars to discuss the current state of “Apontian” studies and suggest future directions for scholarship. It includes, as well, scholars doing work on questions of historical memory, the intellectual history of the enslaved, and the relationship between text, image, and politics in other settings in order to put Aponte’s history in conversation with a wider world, much, indeed, as his own “book of paintings” tried to do.

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To register for the conference, please click here.

The conference will take place in the auditorium of the King Juan Carlos Center at New York University, 53 Washington Square South. Click here for a Google map. The closest subway is the West 4th station where the A, B, C, D, E, F trains stop. For more information, please contact lmr273 [@] nyu [.] edu.

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