Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery

As the only exhibition space at Harvard devoted to works by and about people of African descent, the Hutchins Center’s Rudenstine Gallery is a vital space on campus. Named in honor of former Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstine and art historian Angelica Zander Rudenstine, in recognition of their contributions to African and African American Studies and to the arts, the gallery hosts rotating exhibitions and accompanying artist talks. Its curatorial mission is to support both historical and contemporary practices in the visual arts.

Latest Gallery Exhibition

The Paris Albums 1900: W. E. B. Du Bois
October 24, 2013 - April 3, 2014

Curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai

For the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, W.E.B. Du Bois, the leading scholar and civil rights activist, and Thomas J Calloway, laywer and educator, strategically employed 363 photographs in the American Negro Exhibit.

To mark the 50th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ passing, Autograph ABP and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Researchpresent a selection of 200 portraits from this important archive to re-examine the critical question of representation in the 21st Century.

In retrospect, Du Bois’ remarkable collection of photographs - originally compiled for the volume, Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A - can be read as the origins of a visual construction of a new African-American identity. They provide an extraordinary insight into the conditions of black culture at the end of the nineteenth century, only thirty five years after the abolition of slavery.

Exhibition Date: 
October, 2013 to April, 2014

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