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Romare Bearden, American, 1911– 1988. Palm Sunday Procession, 1967– 68, collage of paper and synthetic polymer paint on composition board. Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein; P.986.77.4
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Black Bodies on the Cross

Victoria McCraven, '19 Homma Family Intern

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, 2019, 4 pages

The United States of America was founded on the principles of religious freedom and equality, yet was built through slave labor and the dispossession of native peoples. Black Bodies on the Cross investigates the duality of black Christianity, which is rooted in both colonization and a celebration of black culture. The exhibition attempts to capture that dissonance as seen through the eyes of postwar and contemporary black artists. In depicting black subjects, these artists explore the ways in which the black experience can be understood as part of a universalizing Christian narrative that, ironically, often excludes black subjects.

Publication type: A Space for Dialogue Brochures