Curators will discuss their work on groundbreaking projects in the Netherlands and the United States, namely the Rijksmuseum’s current Slavery exhibition, the Rembrandthuis Museum’s exhibition Here: Black in Rembrandt’s Time, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s reinstallation of its permanent collection, and the Museums Are Not Neutral initiative. They will reflect on the broader call for museums to recognize the relationship of their collections to slavery and to present-day racial injustice.
Welcome Christopher Atkins, Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director, Center for Netherlandish Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Introductions Sarah Mallory, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
“The Rijksmuseum and Slavery” Maria Holtrop, Curator of History, Rijksmuseum
“Black Presence in 17th-Century Western Art” Stephanie Archangel, Junior Curator, History Department, Rijksmuseum
“Reflections on Re-envisioning LACMA’s Permanent Collection” Diva Zumaya, Assistant Curator, European Painting and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“Possibilities of Imagining Otherwise” La Tanya S. Autry, cultural organizer, co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, founder of the Black Liberation Center, and independent curator
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Please also join HAM for the other sessions in this series (all times Eastern): Part 2, Friday, April 16, 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.