Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North will be on view at the American Folk Art Museum from November 15, 2023 to March 24, 2024. As a corrective to histories that define slavery and anti-Black racism as a largely Sout... more
Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North will be on view at the American Folk Art Museum 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.Through 125 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and photographs, this exhibition invites visitors to focus on figures who appear in—or are omitted from—early American images and will challenge conventional narratives that have minimized early Black histories in the North, revealing the complexities and contradictions of the region’s history between the late 1600s and early 1800s.  A 300-page scholarly book with contributions from Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Jennifer Van Horn, and several authors, will be published to coincide with the exhibition. The exhibition is co-curated by Emelie Gevalt, Curatorial Chair for Collections and Curator of Folk Art, AFAM; RL Watson, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies, Lake Forest College; and Sadé Ayorin... more

Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North
will be on view at the American Folk Art Museum 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.

Through 125 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and photographs, this exhibition invites visitors to focus on figures who appear in—or are omitted from—early American images and will challenge conventional narratives that have minimized early Black histories in the North, revealing the complexities and contradictions of the region’s history between the late 1600s and early 1800s.  

A 300-page scholarly book with contributions from Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Jennifer Van Horn, and several authors, will be published to coincide with the exhibition. 

The exhibition is co-curated by Emelie Gevalt, Curatorial Chair for Collections and Curator of Folk Art, AFAM; RL Watson, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies, Lake Forest College; and Sadé Ayorinde, Warren Family Assistant Curator, AFAM.

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Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North

Sun, March 24
11:30AM
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Free

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American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-9533
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Mar 24, Sun 11:30AM - 6:00PM
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