Text as Image/Image as Text
Narratives of African American History and Identity
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.
Curated by Emma Routhier, Levinson Intern
- Word and Image in Contemporary Art
- Still We Rise: Women of Color Existence/Resistance in Contemporary Art
- Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African American Photography: Art and Activism
- The Power of (Re)Construction: Changing Perceptions of Black-American Identity
- Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties