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Black and white photograph of school child

A Snapshot of Black Photographers in Watson Library's Collection

Celebrating Black History Month in the Stacks
Powder Horn of John Mahard

Rediscovering John Bush

Recent research sheds light on the life and work of a Massachusetts militiaman and influential horn carver.
Print of the profile of a black woman with light blue outlines and sculptural twisted hair in front of a vibrant orange circle

Everyday Fantastical

Tanekeya Word shares the knowledge and experiences behind Starshine & Clay, a fantastical embodiment of the feelings she has about Black girlhood and Black womanhood.
Rashida Bumbray

Rashida Bumbray

Civic Practice Partnership artist-in-residence Rashida Bumbray is a performance artist, curator, choreographer, and the Director of Culture and Art at the Open Society Foundations. Her work focuses on Black urban spaces and communities, and what it means to be in a space that has layers of generational trauma.

Closeup of a handwritten name, "Dave," engraved onto a brown and yellow stone surface.

The Potters

Across the world, we find rich seams of clay—created from the perfect combination of animal, vegetable, mineral, and circumstance.
Detail of a jar made by the enslaved potter Dave (later known as David Drake).

Examining Storage Jars from the American South

Scientific research on food residue found in nineteenth-century stoneware vessels produced by enslaved artisans sheds light on the contents once stored inside.
The James Van Der Zee Archive

The James Van Der Zee Archive

James Van Der Zee, the world-renowned chronicler of Black life in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance and for decades thereafter, was a virtuoso portraitist and one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.

AFPR—Meet The Artists: Atang Tshikare

AFPR—Meet The Artists: Atang Tshikare

Meet Atang Tshikare, one of the many contemporary artists whose work is featured in "Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room."

Composite images of Guadeloupe-born model Adrienne Fidelin posing with elaborate headdresses

Mode au Congo: Travails of the Traveling Hats

How did a set of Congolese headdresses influence the evolution of modern fashion?
Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina Virtual Opening

Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina Virtual Opening

Join co-curators Adrienne Spinozzi, Ethan Lasser, and Jason Young for a virtual tour of Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina.

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