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Combating Racism: Betsy Graves Reyneau, Laura Wheeler Waring, and Representation of Black Achievement
In 1943, the Harmon Foundation commissioned artists Betsy Graves Reyneau and Laura Wheeler Waring to make portraits of eminent Black Americans capable of highlighting Black achievement and fighting white prejudice. These forty-two paintings were first shown at the Smithsonian in 1944. This discussion will revisit this exhibition, exploring the intersection of gender, philanthropy, Black history, and African American art during and just after World War II to show the exhibition's complex formation. It will also seek to understand the work within the broader context of Americanness during the Second World War.

Presented by Steven Nelson, Dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art.

This presentation is part of the Edgar P. Richardson Lecture Series hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery's Scholarly Center.

Closed captioning provided.

Nov 10, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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