Reframing the Picture, Reclaiming the Past addresses some of the themes and concepts presented in the historical exhibition, The Black Figure in the European Imaginary. This exhibition of contemporary art will depict the black body as part of an ongoing conversation in which the contemporary works “talk back” so to speak, with the historic works presented in The Black Figure.

While obviously much has changed since the nineteenth century, it is clear that blackness and Africanness are still fraught, charged, and contentious issues. How these tensions play out in visual representations is often the direct result of the way in which blacks were imagined in past centuries, so that there is an ongoing dialogue between contested identities of the past and the present.

Examples are the American artists Lyle Ashton Harris, Kara Walker, and Whitfield Lovell, who employ tropes of blackness in their work in order to expose the tropes’ arbitrary, imaginary, and often dehumanizing nature, and through this exposure, to reclaim or re-imagine the black body. Similarly, although not depicting the black body, the Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi’s photographs deconstruct the sexualized stereotypes of the nineteenth-century European’s imaginary “harem woman.”

This exhibition is curated by Rollins College Professor Susan H. Libby, Ph.D. and her students.

When

This event occurs every week on Tuesday between January 14 and April 2, 2017.

Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Where

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

1000 Holt Avenue-2765

Winter Park, FL 32789-4499

1000 Holt Avenue-2765
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499