Painting as Documentary of Slavery?

Image of the symposium flyerYesterday, I was part of a fantastic symposium on US slavery & the internal slave market.  Most relevant to you is art historian Maurie McInnis’s opening talk on Eyre Crowe’s painting, Slaves Waiting for Sale, which he completed from live sketches in Richmond, Virginia, in 1853 and exhibited first in London in 1861, just after Secession.  McInnis does a formal analysis of the painting and uses these details to ask questions about the domestic slave trade and slavery itself, linking the painting to other documents to address those questions.

Her talk runs from 0:39:30 to 1:30:00, with Q&A following that.

http://www.virginiamemory.com/exhibitions/to-be-sold/symposium

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