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This offset lithograph compresses U.S. history to commemorate Black resilience. Its title references the years between the Slave Trade Act of 1808, which banned the importation of enslaved individuals from Africa to the United States, and the 2008 election of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president broadly recognized as Black. Yet its iconography precedes 1808, including the Brookes slave ship and the written names of Crispus Attucks and Sojourner Truth. While these elements expand the work’s time frame beyond two hundred years, its form condenses the span into a single plane. In the dark brown top layer, the charisma of Black leaders throughout U.S. history rises to the surface along with the scourge of the transatlantic slave trade. 200 Yrs thereby cele-brates Black resilience while refusing to represent the history of this country as an epic of racial progress.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2018.33.7
People
Allan Edmunds (Philadelphia, PA born 1949)
Title
200 Yrs
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
2008
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/361186
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
Technique
Offset print
Dimensions
76.2 × 55.9 cm (30 × 22 in.)
Provenance
Allan Edmunds, created 2008; [Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA], sold; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2018.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Allan Edmunds
Accession Year
2018
Object Number
2018.33.7
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

32Q: 2240 18th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/19/2018 - 06/19/2019

Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/04/2022 - 07/31/2022

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