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Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)

General Programming

dateNovember 12, 2018 timeMonday, 6:00pm EST location Schermerhorn Hall, Room 612, Columbia University
  • Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Barnard Art History
  • Center for the Study of Social Difference: Reframing Gender Violence Project
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Maison Française
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

This talk will address the only two extant oil portraits of enslaved women produced during the periods of emancipation in the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. By underscoring the conflictive political and ideological forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work in their composition, it will focus on the conditions that made possible the visual configuration of black people as subjects of freedom and on its problematic re-articulation of the boundaries between the human and the animal.

Presented by Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Univ of Chicago, Romance Languages Dept.

Image Credit: Frédéric Bazille. Young Woman with Peonies, 1870. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 29 1/2 in. Courtesy the National Gallery, Washington, DC