Wallach Gallery Exhibit: Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist

Oct. 2, 2012Bookmark and Share

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery opens its new exhibition season with Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist, a survey of rarely seen works by the 19th century landscape painter. Curated by renowned Duncanson scholar Joseph D. Ketner II, the exhibit gathers more than 20 paintings as well as drawings and contextual materials from the 1840s to the 1870s.

Duncanson, who was based in Cincinnati, Ohio—then the largest and most prosperous city in the western United States—was the principal artist among a vibrant group of mid-century Ohio River Valley landscape painters. He followed the model established by New York’s Hudson River School painters, creating picturesque views that strove to convey grand ideas with moral lessons. Duncanson achieved artistic success, but did so under restrictions placed on him as a “free colored person” in the 19th century.

The exhibition, free and open to the public, will be on view from Sept. 5 through Dec. 8. Please check the Wallach Gallery website for more program information.

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