- Gallery Text
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
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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- Physical Descriptions
- Offset lithograph on white wove paper
- Offset print
- 76.2 × 55.9 cm (30 × 22 in.)
- 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
- © Allan Edmunds
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- Exhibition History
32Q: 2240 18th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/19/2018 - 06/19/2019
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