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Britt Rusert, 'The Afric-American Picture Gallery: Imagining Black Art, circa 1859'

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12pm to 12pm

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  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:30pm to 12:30pm
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Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12pm to 12pm

12:30pm to 12:30pm

Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Floor 2R View map
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In this installment of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Colloquium Series, Britt Rusert, Professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will present on her forthcoming work The Afric-American Picture Gallery: Imagining Black Art, circa 1859. The first book-length study of Wilson’s speculative museum, this project reads the Picture Gallery as a foundational work of nineteenth-century black visual culture (although it paradoxically reproduces no actual images) and as a bold experiment in ekphrasis that anticipates modernist techniques and aesthetics.  This project also reads the Picture Gallery as a deeply philosophical work that theorizes the shifting status of blackness and the image in the contexts of industrialization, slavery, and the coming of the Civil War. 

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