Vision and Justice: The Art of Citizenship


Sat - Sun, Aug 27 to Jan 8, 10:00am - 5:00pm


University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free with Harvard ID for you and one guest. Others; $15 Adults; $10 Non-Harvard Students (18+); Seniors; $13. Free for youth under 18, Cambridge residents (proof of residency required), Massachusetts residents, Saturdays from 10am–noon (proof of residency required).
Museum Hours: 10 AM-5 PM
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This University Teaching Gallery installation examines the contested relationship between art, justice, and African American culture from the 19th through 21st century in the United States. The works on display range from prints by Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon that challenge the nexus between vision and justice during slavery to photographs by Bruce Davidson and Gordon Parks that synoptically summarize events from the segregation era through the civil rights movement.This installation complements a course taught by Sarah Lewis, Assistant Professor in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University.

The University Teaching Gallery serves faculty and students affiliated with Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. Semester-long installations are mounted in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate courses, supporting instruction in the critical analysis of art.

The installation is made possible in part by funding from the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund and the José Soriano Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.