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Vanguards of Culture: W.E.B. Du Bois, Photography and the Right to Recognition

24 October 2013, 4 - 6pm

HUTCHINS CENTER FOR AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN RESEARCH

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Past event

Exhibition opening panel

A moderated roundtable discussion with illustrated talks, held in conjunction with the opening of the Rudenstine Gallery’s new exhibition The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois.

The panel will address Du Bois’ curatorial intervention at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, and explore its legacy in the context of contemporary politics of visual culture – with special emphasis on the question of race and representation in the field of photographic portraiture.

At the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, W.E.B. Du Bois, the leading black intellectual and civil rights activist, and Thomas J Calloway strategically employed 363 photographs in the American Negro Exhibit.

It was during the same year in London, at the Pan-African conference in July 1900, when Du Bois would famously declare, ‘The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line’.

The Paris Albums present a selection of 200 portraits that Du Bois compiled for the volume, Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A. Retrospectively, Du Bois’ remarkable collection of photographs can be read as the origins of a visual construction of a new African-American identity. As such, it provides an extraordinary insight into the conditions of black culture at the end of the nineteenth century, only thirty five years after the abolition of slavery.

Part of the exhibition

The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois

October 2013 - May 2014

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, USA

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Programme

Time Speaker
Introduction

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Opening remarks

Renée Mussai, The Paris Albums 1900

Commentary

Mark Sealy (via video link)

Panelists’ Presentations

Deborah Willis, A Second Life: W.E.B Du Bois and the Paris Exposition

Kimberly Juanita Brown, A Glance Away: Portraiture and the Narrative of Engagement

Nana Adusei-Poku, Rooted in but not limited by: The changing politics of Black Visual Representation

Closing Roundtable Discussion & Q+A

Chaired by Renée Mussai

In partnership with

The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

We are proud to partner with the The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research since 2009, showcasing works from the collection and jointly programming symposia and associated events.

Previous Autograph ABP exhibitions at the Hutchins Center include:

Ever Young: James Barnor, 28 January – 26 May 2010
Rotimi Fani-Kayode 1955 - 1989, 29 January - 15 June 2009

Credits

Speakers include

Deborah Willis

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Nana-Adusei Poku

Chaired by

Renée Mussai

As Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP, Renée Mussai oversees the Archive and Research Centre’s programmes. She is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at UCL, with a special interest in feminist and post-colonial politics of portraiture, gender and sexuality in Africa and the African diaspora.

ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HUTCHINS CENTER

We are proud to partner with the The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research (formerly W.E.B. Du Bois Institute) since 2009, showcasing works from the collection and jointly programming symposia and associated events.

Previous Autograph ABP exhibitions at the Hutchins Center include:

Ever Young: James Barnor, 28 January – 26 May 2010
Rotimi Fani-Kayode 1955 - 1989, 29 January - 15 June 2009

Press contact

For further information, please contact Lois Olmstead at Autograph ABP - phone +44 (0)20 7720 9200  or email lois@autograph-abp.co.uk.

Additional Info

Venue
Hip Hop Archive and Rudenstine Gallery
Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University
104 Mount Auburn Street, Floor 3R,
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
United States

  • Courtesy of the Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • Courtesy of the Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.