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The World Before Racism: An Art Story

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The World Before Racism: An Art Story

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Friday, May 20
10:00 a.m. PT
Speaker:  Lisa Farrington, Ph.D., Director, Gallery of Art, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, Howard University
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This presentation examines, through art from ancient Greece to the 20th century, the phenomenon of racism; and it answers the questions: Has the time-worn antagonism between black and white always existed? And if not, who invented it? And when? As “primary sources” (original creations that have not been altered), works of art actually have the capacity to answer these questions once and for all and to change the way the world sees race.

~ Lisa Farrington, Ph.D.


Reserve your spot for the online guest lecture by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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This lecture is presented as a part of the Guest Lecture Series, which focuses on works of art on view in the Museum as well as topics of interest in the broader art world. Lectures are followed by docent-led virtual tours.

Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Docent Council.


Image: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Triosson, Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Belley (detail), 1797. Oil on canvas. Versailles: Musée du Château, MV 4616. Source: Ministère de la Culture

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May 20, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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