Manifest: Thirteen Colonies
In this virtual lecture on Thursday, Apr. 7, photographer Wendel White will discuss his approach to finding, selecting and photographing artifacts—from rare singular objects, to more quotidian materials—and highlight their significance as forensic evidence of Black life and history in the United States. A conversation with public historian and Executive Director of Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Brenda Tindal will follow. This free program is supported by the Robert Gardner Fellowship Fund and is presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.
"Manifest: Thirteen Colonies" is a photographic project and journey through the repositories of African American material culture found in libraries, museums and archives of the original thirteen English colonies. Conceived by White, this project is a personal, selective reliquary of the remarkable evidence of Black agency and racial oppression stored in public and private collections. Wendel White is a distinguished professor of art & American studies at Stockton University as well as the 2021 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.