Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation), Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, University of Chicago, Romance Languages Dept.
November 12, 2018
Schermerhorn Hall, 1198 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 612
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 in conjunction with the exhibition, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today Co-sponsored by: Columbia University Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Barnard Art History, Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference: Reframing Gender Violence Project, The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Columbia University Department of Anthropology, The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University, Columbia University Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University Department of Art History & Archaeology, & Columbia Maison Française