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The Work of Objects: Interpretation within and beyond Museum Walls

Online event: 23 April 2021

The Work of Objects: Interpretation within and beyond Museum Walls‚ÄĒArt Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures (Part 4)
Friday, 23 April 2021 ‚Äď 1:00pm ‚Äď 2:30pm EST

This session includes brief talks, followed by a roundtable discussion, by academics and museum professionals who focus on Dutch and American art and history. Speakers will discuss specific objects‚ÄĒranging from the 17th to the 21st century‚ÄĒthat have posed interpretive and museological challenges. They will also present new possibilities for considering the relationship between slavery‚Äôs past and present-day racial injustice.

Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade

This is the fourth and final session of Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures, presented by the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, and Harvard University‚Äôs Department of History of Art and Architecture. This four-part program explores efforts by art museums to deploy their spaces and their collections‚ÄĒwhich are often enmeshed with colonialism and exploitation‚ÄĒto present more complete narratives of and perspectives on slavery and its legacies.

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.

Program

Rachel Burke, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Speakers:
Justin Brown (panelist and moderator), Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Ana Lucia Araujo, Full Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, Howard University

Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums

Nancy Jouwe, Chairwoman, BAK (basis voor actuele kunst) Supervisory Board, Utrecht; co-founder, Framer Framed; and co-founder, Mapping Slavery

Imara Limon, Curator, Amsterdam Museum

Adam Tessier, Barbara and Theodore Alfond Director of Interpretation, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lea van der Vinde, Curator, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis

Registration and information

This program will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form. For instructions on how to join a meeting in Zoom, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact am_register@harvard.edu.

For the other sessions in this series, see:
Part 1, Friday, April 9, 1pm
Part 2, Friday, April 16, 1pm EST
Part 3, Friday, April 23, 11am EST

Separate registration is required for each portion of the program.