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Painting and Prejudice: Racism in the Making of American Art History

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
5:00 pm
Shideler Hall, 152

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and writing focus on race, class and gender in American art and in African-American art specifically. She is the author of Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker and Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century. She has curated several major exhibitions including “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and “Kara Walker: Virginia’s Lynch Mob and Other Works,” for the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. In 2019, she became director of history, research and scholarship and senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Reception to follow.



Gwendolyn Shaw
Gwendolyn Shaw
Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania