ART Read | Zadie Smith’s “What Do We Want History to Do For Us”

Confederate Prisoners Being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta by Kara Walker, 2005, from the portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)(SAAM, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2005 Kara Walker)

From ART | library deco:

Dive into acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith’s NY Times Review of Books essay, “What Do We Want History to Do to Us?” In this essay, Smith considers the questions asked by Kara Walker’s art and confronts what the images say about race, history, art and the legacy of slavery in the United States.

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Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Through —  Sunday, August 23, 2020 | New Britain Museum of American Art, William L. and Bette Batchelor Gallery

Exhibition Description: Walker’s work considers experiences of racism toward African Americans that were absent or only alluded to in historical representations of the Civil War. Created in collaboration with the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York, each print in the portfolio is an enlargement of a woodcut plate from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Chicago, 1866), overlaid with Walker’s silkscreen cutout figures rendered in solid black silhouette.

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