February 17 - June 3, 2018
Exhibit Space: Photography Gallery in the Rubenstein Library
Reception & Artist's Talk with Wendel White: Feb. 21, 6:00-8:00PM at the Center for Documentary Studies
The Manifest portfolio consists of photographic representations of objects, documents, photographs, and books held in various public collections throughout the U.S. These repositories include various elements of material culture such as diaries, slave collars, human hair, a drum, souvenirs, and other objects, some with great significance and others simply quotidian representations of daily life in the history of the African American community. White is increasingly interested in the residual power of the past to inhabit these material remains. The ability of objects to transcend lives, centuries, and millennia, suggests a remarkable mechanism for folding time, bringing the past and the present into a shared space that is uniquely suited to artistic exploration.
Manifest is an effort to seek out the artifacts and material evidence of the American construct and representation of race. The histories of slavery, abolition, segregation, the U.S. Civil War, and the Civil Rights Era are a few of the narratives that emerge in these photographs. The content is remarkable, visual evidence of lives and events; however, I also intend the viewer to consider this informal reliquary as a survey of the impulse and motivation to preserve history, memory and to imbue the remnants of material culture with power.
The Manifest exhibition and event is produced in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Studies Exhibitions Program which will host the artist talk and a simultaneous exhibit of Wendel White's project Red Summer.