Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery

June 16, 2006
January 07, 2007

A generation of critically acclaimed contemporary artists has thought deeply about how America's history of racially based slavery has shaped our society. Legacies brings together the works of Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, Whitefield Lovell, Mel Edwards, Lorenzo Pace, Betye Saar, Marc Latamie, Willie Birch and a host of others in a remarkable ensemble of innovative art and historical reflection. The exhibition embodies provocative interpretations that capture the tension between the reprehensible past and the emotions of the present. This exhibition complements the historical exhibitions mounted by The New-York Historical Society from 2005 to 2007, emphasizing how history affects our current day concerns and perceptions.

List of Artists

Fatima Allotey
American Anti-Slavery Group
Malcolm Bailey
Willie Birch
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Barbara Chase-Riboud
Renee Cox
Leonardo Drew
Ellen Driscoll
Melvin Edwards
David Hammons
Eli Kince
Leslie King-Hammond and José J. Mapily
Marc Latamie
Joseph Lewis, III
Glenn Ligon
Whitfield Lovell
Kerry James Marshall
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry
Algernon Miller
Lorenzo Pace
Faith Ringgold
Betye Saar
Joyce Scott
Lorna Simpson
Cedric Smith
Jeff Sonhouse
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Fred Wilson

Creative: Tronvig Group