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Manifest: Thirteen Colonies Exhibition Preview & Conversation

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Two baby dolls in diapers presented on a black backdrop.

Wendel A. White, Distinguished Professor of Art, Stockton University; 2021 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

In conversation with William E. Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Fine Arts, Haverford College

Advance registration recommended.



Visual artist Wendel A. White photographs objects, documents, and books held in public collections to explore the complexities of American history, slavery, abolition, concepts of race, and Black life and culture. In this program, marking the upcoming exhibition of his work at the Peabody Museum, White will engage in a conversation with photographer William E. Williams, whose own images of architecture, landscapes, and African American historical sites, examine similar topics. Both artists will share their approaches to documenting complex and painful aspects of U.S. history. They will highlight marginalized or overlooked Black and African American stories of resilience, ingenuity, and agency and discuss reconnecting consciousness and memories to places and objects that signify the lives and experiences of Black communities.

A reception and exhibition preview will follow in the galleries of the Peabody Museum.  Advance copies of the related book Wendel A. White: Manifest | Thirteen Colonies, (Radius Books/Peabody Museum Press, Summer 2024) will be available to view and preorder. Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.

The exhibition Manifest: Thirteen Colonies will be open May 18, 2024–April 13, 2025.

Learn more about the exhibition and Wendel White.

About the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography