Artist and the Archive: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

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Dr. Cheryl Finley discusses her latest book Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon, the first in-depth study of the epochal image associated with slavery. Finley traces how the slave ship icon became a powerful tool in the hands of British and American abolitionists, and how its radical potential was rediscovered in the twentieth century by black artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and curators. Finley offers provocative new insights into the works of Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and many others. She demonstrates how the icon was transformed into poetry, literature, visual art, sculpture, performance, and film—and became a medium through which diasporic Africans have reasserted their common identity and memorialized their ancestors.

Co-presented with the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center.




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