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  • Kara Walker, *Cotton Hoards in the Southern Swap, Harper's Pictorical History of the Civil War* (Annotated), 2005. Purchased with funds from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan. © Kara Walker

    United Histories

    Contemporary Art

    March 23 –August 12, 2018

    Kara Walker, Cotton Hoards in the Southern Swap, Harper’s Pictorical History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005. Purchased with funds from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan. © Kara Walker

  • United Histories

    This exhibition explores some of the profound differences that characterize the past, present, and future of the United States. Paintings, sculptures, and objects in other mediums prompt consideration of how race and class can define lived experience in America, address changing notions of domesticity and economic values, ponder the Constitution and the shifting contingencies of “freedom” that it presents, and reflect the often complicated relationships the country maintains internationally. The works in United Histories, and the conversations staged between them, encourage us to reexamine and reconsider American history from new and possibly challenging perspectives.

    RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.

  • This exhibition interrogates some of the issues and profound differences that characterize the past, present, and future of the United States. How do race and class define lived experience in America? How do we address changing values and notions of domesticity and motherhood? What shifting contingencies of “freedom” are presented by differing interpretations of the Constitution? How are our national histories reflected in the complicated relationships we maintain internationally? The works in United Histories, and the conversations staged between them, encourage us to reexamine and reconsider American history from new and possibly challenging perspectives.

    Dominic Molon
    Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art
    RISD Museum


Selected objects from United Histories