Biographies and Portraits

February 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Biographies and Portraits

Gretchen Gerzina, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, excavates biographical details to capture the Black experience in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America and Britain. Join Gerzina for a fascinating discussion about narratives and portraits to shed light on the definitions of freedom and enslavement when slavery was institutionalized, touching on the Wadsworth’s eighteenth-century painting Portrait of Two Women by Stephen Slaughter.

Image: Stephen Slaughter, Portrait of Two Women, 1700s. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund