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Virtual Second Saturdays for Families: Black Heritage Day

February 13, 2021 all-day

Celebrate Black heritage and culture as we pay tribute to the contributions, triumphs, and creativity of African Americans. 



Join educator Lauren Little for an exciting design challenge that highlights significant moments of Black History in Connecticut. 



Artist: Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872)
Title: Recollections of Italy 
Date: 1864
Medium: Oil on canvas

Duncanson was an educated, free Black man who lived, studied, and painted in Ohio, Canada, and Europe.  His romantic landscapes reflect these privileges as he explored the freedom and safety of nature, away from the dangers of slavery and racism. Duncanson’s Recollections of Italy, inspired by his 1853 visit, shifts time and narrative to produce a grand landscape where subjects journey away from historic ruins toward rivers of hope. 


Zoom in on the image

  • What do you notice about the architectural fragments in the foreground (the part of the picture closest to us)?

  • How are the structures in the middle ground painted differently? 

  • What do you see in the background? 


Artist: Nick Cave (American, born 1959)
Title: Soundsuit
Date: 2009
Media: Found crocheted and hooked rugs, knitted yarn, and metal armature

Presented as static sculptures in museums, soundsuits come alive when they are incorporated into the artist’s coordinated dance performances. When “brought to the body and utilized in performance” by Nick Cave, the soundsuit reflects dance and costume traditions across the Diaspora.    


Click here to hear Frank Mitchell, curator of Afrocosmologies and former Executive Director of the Amistad Center for Art and Culture discuss Cave’s work, and watch an example of the artist’s Soundsuits in motion.



Artist Tarish Pipkins a.k.a. Jeghetto: “I build puppets to tell stories. Puppetry is a high art form. It is like composing a symphony in 3D”.

Sit back and watch a virtual puppet theater show.




Press play to hear music by The Lost Tribe as they play a selection of music from across the African Diaspora. 



Second Saturdays for Families is supported by Aetna. Additional support is provided by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

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