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This session includes brief talks, followed by a roundtable discussion, by academics and museum professionals who focus on Dutch and American art and history. Speakers will discuss specific objects—ranging from the 17th to the 21st century—that have posed interpretive and museological challenges. They will also present new possibilities for considering the relationship between slavery’s past and present-day racial injustice.
This is the fourth and final session of Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures, presented by the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, and Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. This four-part program explores efforts by art museums to deploy their spaces and their collections—which are often enmeshed with colonialism and exploitation—to present more complete narratives of and perspectives on slavery and its legacies.
Rachel Burke, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Justin Brown (panelist and moderator), Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
Ana Lucia Araujo, Full Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, Howard University
Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums
Nancy Jouwe, Chairwoman, BAK (basis voor actuele kunst) Supervisory Board, Utrecht; co-founder, Framer Framed; and co-founder, Mapping Slavery
Imara Limon, Curator, Amsterdam Museum
Adam Tessier, Barbara and Theodore Alfond Director of Interpretation, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lea van der Vinde, Curator, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
This program will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.
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Separate registration is required for each portion of the program.
Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures is organized by Sarah Mallory, Kéla Jackson, and Rachel Burke, all doctoral students in Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow in the Division of European and American Art, at the Harvard Art Museums.
Student research informing this conference was supported by a student grant from the presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, a university-wide effort housed at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.