This session brings together historians and art historians whose work has, on the one hand, been grounded in art museum collections and, on the other, challenged traditional museological narratives of slavery’s legacies in the Netherlands and the Americas.
Welcome Martha Tedeschi, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums
Introductions Kéla Jackson, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
“Visualizing Slave War” Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Founding Director of the History Design Studio, Harvard University
“Shedding Light on a Not So Hidden Past: Changing Perspectives on Slavery in the Dutch Empire” Pepijn Brandon, Assistant Professor of Economic and Social History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Senior Researcher, International Institute of Social History
“Reflections on the Black Servant in 17th-Century Dutch Art and History” Elmer Kolfin, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
“Representation | Blackness” Claudia Swan, Mark Steinberg Weil Professor of Art History & Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis
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Please also join HAM for the other sessions in this series (all times Eastern): Part 1, Friday, April 9, 1:00pm Part 3, Friday, April 23, 11:00am Part 4, Friday, April 23, 1:00pm
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Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures is organized by Sarah Mallory, Kéla Jackson, and Rachel Burke, all doctoral students in Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow in the Division of European and American Art, at the Harvard Art Museums.