Panel Discussion of ‘The Image of the Black in Western Art’

Posted in books, lectures (to attend) by Editor on December 3, 2011

From the National Gallery:

Image of the Black in Western Art, Part II
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 11 December 2011

Panel discussion includes David Bindman, emeritus professor of the history of art, University College London; Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University; and Sharmila Sen, general editor for the humanities, Harvard University Press. Moderated by Faya Causey, head of academic programs, National Gallery of Art. Book signing of The Image of the Black in Western Art (volumes 1-3) follows. Sunday, 11 December 2011, 2:00pm, East Building Concourse, Auditorium.

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David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds., associate editor Karen C. C. Dalton, The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume III: From the ‘Age of Discovery’ to the Age of Abolition, Part 3: The Eighteenth Century (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011), 400 pages, ISBN 9780674052635, $95.

In the 1960s, art patron Dominique de Menil founded an image archive showing the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western art. Highlights from her collection appeared in three large-format volumes that quickly became collector’s items. A half-century later, Harvard University Press and the Du Bois Institute are proud to publish a complete set of ten sumptuous books, including new editions of the original volumes and two additional ones.

The Eighteenth Century features a particularly rich collection of images of Africans representing slavery’s apogee and the beginnings of abolition. Old visual tropes of a master with adoring black slave gave way to depictions of Africans as victims and individuals, while at the same time the intellectual foundations of scientific racism were established.

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