American Crossings: The Complex Legacy of Robert Colescott

Date and Time

Thursday, February 23, 2023

6–7 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

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Opening remarks

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Director and CEO, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles
Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing, The Met

Rashid Johnson, artist
Lowery Stokes Sims, curator and art historian
Moderated by Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met

Join a visual artist and scholars as they reflect on the lasting impact of artist Robert Colescott’s groundbreaking work and the power that artists have in reinterpreting dominant historical narratives, specifically those that have excluded Black bodies and identities. This conversation coincides with a special display of Colescott’s iconic painting—George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook (1975)—on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to The Met through February 2023, and part of Crossings, an installation that explores ongoing resonances between past and present artistic expressions—specifically, modern and contemporary responses to Emanuel Leutze’s epic Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851).

This program is made possible by Mrs. Joseph H. King.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, slated to open in Los Angeles in 2025.

This event is presented in celebration of Black History Month.

Free, though advance registration is required. Please note:  For free programs, we generally over-register to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, though advance registration does not guarantee admission once the auditorium reaches capacity.

Watch the livestream on YouTube and FacebookNote: No registration or log in required to view the livestream.

Masks are strongly recommended.

See our visitor guidelines.

Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

Sign language–interpreted

Image:  Robert Colescott (American, 1925–2009). George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook, 1975. Acrylic on canvas. Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, 2021.45.1 © The Robert H. Colescott Separate Property Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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