Through the Eyes of Others: African-Americans in American Art

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Black Child, ca. 1820. Philip Thomas Cole Tilyard (1787-1827). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.
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Kept In, 1889. Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919). Gift of Stephen C. Clark. Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.

The images of African Americans at Fenimore Art Museum offer insights into the ways that Americans in the past viewed one another; how artistic representations of black people created and reinforced popular attitudes; and how these attitudes continue to affect us today. This is not simply a story for African Americans, but for all of us, because the issues represented in this exhibition—identity, self-portrayal, survival, resistance, and stereotyping—are issues that relate to each individual who has ever wondered about their own identity and to every group that has entered this country.

This exhibition is curated by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Director/Distinguished Professor of Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, New York.

If you are interested in hosting this exhibition, please contact Paul D'Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator at 607.547.1413 or p.dambrosio@nysha.org.