Exhibition | Making History Visible

Posted in exhibitions by internjmb on September 22, 2017

From Princeton University Art Museum:

Making History Visible: Of American Myths and National Heroes
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, 26 September 2017 – 17 January 2018

Titus Kaphar, Billy Lee: Portrait in Tar, 2016, tar and oil on canvas, 152.4 x 121 cm (Kansas City, Collection of Billy and Christy Gautreaux; © Titus Kaphar / image courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)

Making History Visible will bring together historical and contemporary works to consider the role of visual art in creating an image of American identity and a multifaceted representation of history in the United States. Portraiture and history paintings were instrumental to the early formation of the republic, generating a vision of the new nation that served to unify the disparate colonies behind a cast of influential figures and pivotal events. This fall, as Princeton University examines its historic links to the institution of slavery, this installation juxtaposes works from the eighteenth century with those of contemporary artists to call into question who is represented, who is invisible, and what cultural values are embedded in the visual traditions of American history.

The artists whose work is featured include Titus Kaphar, Thomas Hart Benton, Elizabeth Catlett, Glenn Ligon, Sally Mann, William Ranney, Faith Ringgold, William Rush, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White, John Wilson, and Hale Woodruff.

Making History Visible
is one component of a rich campus-wide conversation catalyzed by the Princeton and Slavery Project, which examines the University’s historical links to the institution of slavery.




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