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Master Series Lecture: We Look Like Men: Early Photography, War, and the Double-Bind of Black Manhood

Art - Lecture/Discussion

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Worcester Art Museum
Conference Room
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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This lecture outlines the aspirational function performed by African American military photography, especially photographic portraiture, and its evolution from the Civil War to WWI. It demonstrates to show the subjects in such images - far from merely posing for the historical record - enact a hopeful manliness. They are hopeful insofar as they look beyond the proven precocities of black American social and material life toward an imagined future in the US, the hope of which is, on its face, a leap of faith and an act of resistance all at once. Every pose of the black masculine subject, then, is a counterpoise to subjections real and representational.

Speaker Maurice Wallace is associate professor of English and the Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American & African Studies at University of Virginia. Strong Eagle Daly, Nipmuc flutist, will play a ten-minute tribute to his ancestors preceding the lecture. Held in conjunction with the WAM exhibition, "Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917."

The Worcester Art Museum's Master Series gives a close up look at one or two works by six signature artists. Exhibited in select galleries throughout the Museum, these intimate displays allow for contemplation and study of some of the world's most celebrated artists. Enjoy an art talk related to one of the featured Master Series artists, plus music, cash bar - and the company of other art enthusiasts!

Cost: Free with Museum Admission. Free for college students with current / valid I.D.

Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School

E-mail:information@worcesterart.org

Last Modified: October 11, 2017 at 2:11 PM

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