Unnamed Figures at the American Folk Art Museum

December 21 2023

Image of Unnamed Figures at the American Folk Art Museum

Picture: American Folk Art Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The American Folk Art Museum in New York opened a rather interesting exhibition last month entitled Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North. The show appears to be full of very rare and intriguing early American portraits and paintings, the many sitters of which remain unidentified.

According to the museum's website:

Through 125 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and photographs, this exhibition invites visitors to focus on figures who appear in—or are omitted from—early American images and will challenge conventional narratives that have minimized early Black histories in the North, revealing the complexities and contradictions of the region’s history between the late 1600s and early 1800s.  

The exhibition will run until 24th March 2024.

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