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Symposium—Fictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast

Date and Time

Thursday, April 28, 2022

10:15 am–5 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

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Join a panel of scholars for a daylong symposium that examines Western sculpture in relation to the histories of transatlantic slavery, colonialism, and empire.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast.

Free with Museum admission, though advance registration is required. Please note: Space is limited; first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee admission once the auditorium reaches capacity. The symposium will be recorded and available to view after the event.

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Participants include:
Mia L. Bagneris, Associate Professor, Art History and Africana Studies, and Director, Africana Studies Program, Tulane University
David Bindman, Emeritus Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art, University College London, and Visiting Fellow, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University
Cécile Bishop, Associate Professor of Francophone Post-Colonial Literature and Cultures and Tutorial Fellow in French, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Kirsten Pai Buick, Professor of Art History, Associate Dean of Equity and Excellence for the College of Fine Arts, and Inaugural Chair, Department of Africana Studies, University of New Mexico
Lisa E. Farrington, Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Director, Gallery of Art, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, Howard University
Susan Libby, Professor of Art History, Rollins College
Natasha Lightfoot, Associate Professor, Department of History, Columbia University
Denise Murrell, Associate Curator, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art, The Met
Edouard Papet, Chief Curator of Sculpture, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Farah Peterson, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
James Smalls, Professor and Chair of Visual Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Judy Sund, Professor of Art History, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
Sarah Thomas, Director, Centre for Museum Cultures, and Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London

With a keynote address by Charmaine A. Nelson, Professor of Art History and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement, Department of Art History and Contemporary Culture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University

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 Assistive listening devices are provided in the auditorium.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875). Why Born Enslaved! (detail), modeled 1868, carved 1873. Marble, H. 22 7/8 in. (58.1 cm), W. 16 in. (40.6 cm), D. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Wrightsman Fellows, and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Gifts, 2019 (2019.220)


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