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Share Art and Meaning-Making

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Hiram Powers’s The Greek Slave (1841–1843; carved 1846) held pride of place in William Corcoran’s personal art collection, which later became the foundation of America’s first cultural institution to be established expressly as an art museum. The Greek Slave was the best-known and most acclaimed American sculpture of the nineteenth century. This workshop examines how it was received by the art-viewing public when first exhibited, and the varied, complex, and seemingly incongruous associations it raised. Critical commentary from the period will encourage participants to contextualize the work against the backdrop of slavery, the institution of marriage, and women’s legal rights.



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National Gallery of Art
East Building
4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20565

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