Short Description: Shana Klein, assistant professor of art history at Kent State University, will present “Fighting with Fruit: Resisting Slavery and Racism in Still-Life Painting."
Extended Description: Shana Klein, assistant professor of art history at Kent State University, will present “Fighting with Fruit: Resisting Slavery and Racism in Still-Life Painting” in conjunction with the Allen's installation "How can Museum Labels be Antiracist" organized by assistant curator of European and American art Alexandra Letvin. Although still-life paintings brimming with fruit presented an optimistic portrait of the nation after the American Civil War, pictures of food were not always so pleasant or neutral. This talk investigates food in American art before and after the Civil War to understand how artists—specifically African American artists—used food in art to combat racism and resist the institution of slavery. | Klein's talk will discuss works from the Allen's collection including "Still Life with Fruit" by Severin Roesen and "Still Life" by Jan Davidsz de Heem. An audience Q&A moderated by Letvin will follow the presentation. | [Image: Severin Roesen (American, born in Germany, 1816-1872), "Still Life with Fruit," ca. 1865-70. Oil on canvas. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Peter and Barbara Smith Goodman (OC 1949) Fund for American Art, 2013.3.] | PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS FREE WEBINAR at https://tinyurl.com/y6qex29v.
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