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Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism

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Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism

Organized as a response to the Museum’s recent acquisition of Titus Kaphar’s "Flay (James Madison)," this upcoming reinstallation of one of our most prominent gallery spaces forces us to grapple with our collection of European and American art, 1650-1850. In recent times, growing public awareness of the continued reverberations of the legacy of slavery and colonization has challenged museums to examine the uncomfortable histories contained in our collections, and challenged the public to probe the choices we make about those stories. Choices about which artists you see in our galleries, choices about what relevant facts we share about the works, and choices about what - out of an infinite number of options - we don’t say about them.

Free
10:00 AM - 11:59 PM, every day through N/A.

Event Supported By

University of Michigan Museum of Art