Art@Lunch: Jennifer Van Horn

Slashing Canvases, Seizing Freedom: Iconoclasm and Slavery in the Civil War South

As Union troops moved across the South and planters and their families fled, enslaved people took artistic action. Seizing their former masters’ artworks some slashed and destroyed canvases. Others took portraits back to their cabins and put them on display. This talk explores what African Americans’ iconoclasm and creative adaptations of paintings in the midst of the Civil War can tell us about enslaved peoples’ relationship with art. 

Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Fred Lazarus IV Center, Auditorium
131 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Speaker/Lecture/Reading, Art@Lunch


Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department

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