ABOUT THE EVENT
Gallery Talk | The Story of Slavery and the Civil War in Images and Words with Carol Lacoss
Join docent Carol Lacoss to explore the ways contemporary artist Kara Walker; abolitionist, orator, and writer Frederick Douglass; and Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison give witness to the lives and experiences of enslaved African Americans by revealing the hidden stories of slavery in nineteenth century America.
Currently on view in Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005, Walker's work brings to light the complex social, political, and economic factors that drove America to the Civil War and the toll it took on African Americans. Both jarring and unsettling, Walker's images remain timely and relevant to facilitate thoughtful discussions and encourage ongoing dialogue about the persistence of racism in America, while engaging with much of the thought and consideration previous thinkers, such as Douglass and Morrison similarly explored through their respective works.
Free with Museum admission