Labor and the Black Body: The Slave Ship Icon in the Work of Betye Saar
Where: New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
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The washboard assemblages of Betye Saar—currently on view in our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean—feature several recurring themes and images from African American history. Among these is the iconic print of the slave ship Brookes, first circulated by British abolitionists in 1788 and now recognized worldwide as symbol of the barbaric reality of slavery. Cheryl Finley, author of Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon, joins curator Wendy Ikemoto for a conversation about the place and power of this icon in the work of Betye Saar and beyond.
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