Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North will be on view from November 15, 2023 to March 24, 2024. As a corrective to histories that define slavery and anti-Black racism as a largely Southern issue, this exhibition offers a new window onto Black representation in a region that is often overlooked in narratives of early African American history.
Our 300-page publication draws on years of research and archival work and will contextualize the exhibition as well as expand upon its themes, including how Black representations may have been further marginalized or misconstrued by collectors of early American art and material culture.
Contributors to the forthcoming book are scholars and researchers with expertise in American art history, material culture, African American history and literature, and other related topics. The book includes a foreword by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and Jason T. Busch. Contributors include the exhibition’s curators as well as Dr. Virginia Anderson, Kelli Racine Barnes, Michael J. Bramwell, Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara, Anne Strachan Cross, Dr. Jill Vaum Rothschild, Dr. Jonathan Michael Square, Lea C. Stephenson, Jennifer Van Horn, and Gordon Wilkins.
- 8.25"L x 1.25"W x 10.25"H
- 300 pages