Text as Image/Image as Text

November 03, 2012, through December 02, 2012
Narratives of African American History and Identity



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Temporary Exhibitions, Lobby


The written narrative is the most valued form of knowledge production throughout modern Western history. This has significant implications for, among others, African American slaves, who were systematically denied participation in written discourse. It is not only a question of who has written history, but more importantly, who can? And how? With this background as a rich framework for critique, text as image has in turn become a powerful tool for artists interested in illuminating the dominant ways of manufacturing narratives and claiming knowledge.

A Space for Dialogue, founded with support from the Class of 1948, is made possible with generous endowments from the Class of 1967, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Jr., Class of 1966, and Pamela J. Joyner, Class of 1979.

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Emma Routhier

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Exhibition subject: A Space for DialogueModern & Contemporary ArtUnited States & Canada