Springfield Museums Press Releases
Lecture to Examine Depictions of African Americans in Currier & Ives Prints
Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
March 2, 2006
The Currier & Ives lecture series at the Museum of Fine Arts will continue on
March 19 at 2 p.m. with Emancipation Day: Postbellum Visions of African Americans in Currier & Ives' Darktown Prints. The talk will be presented by James Smethurst, associate professor in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Smethurst is the author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African-American Poetry, 1930-1946 and The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s. He is also co-editor of Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism, and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States and the forthcoming Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction. He is currently at work on a study of African American literature and culture.
The program is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Currier & Ives: An American Panorama, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts through June 4, 2006. The lecture series is sponsored by The Republican. The talk is free with museum admission.