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Women's History Salons
Labor and the Black Body: The Slave Ship Icon in the Work of Betye Saar
Cheryl Finley, Wendy Ikemoto
Fri, March 15th, 2019 | 6:30 pm

Free for Members of the Women’s History Council


Explore recurring themes and images from African American history—including the ones reflected in the washboard assemblages currently on view in our exhibition Betye Saar: Keepin' It Clean, such as the iconic print of the slave ship Brookes, first circulated by British abolitionists in 1788 and now recognized worldwide as symbol of the barbaric reality of slavery.

Cheryl Finley, author of Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon, joins curator Wendy Ikemoto for a conversation about the place and power of this icon in the work of Betye Saar and beyond. 

Refreshments will be served. 


The Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Creative: Tronvig Group