Vernissage - Legacies Denied: Unearthing the Visual Culture of Canadian Slavery

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 17:30to19:00
McLennan Library Building 3459 McTavish St., 4th Floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA
Legacies Denied - Front Cover
Legacies Denied - Back Cover

Legacies Denied: Unearthing the Visual Culture of Canadian Slavery

This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue emerged from a fourth year undergraduate, Art History course, “Canadian Slavery and its Legacies: a Curatorial Seminar,” taught by Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Associate Professor of Art History. Working with the holdings of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (McGill University), the students curated an exhibition, assembling a variety of extraordinary art and visual culture objects of direct relevance to Trans Atlantic Slavery. Like the course, the catalogue and exhibition contest the erasure of Canadian participation in the histories of Trans Atlantic Slavery, instead highlighting the role of Canadian art and visual culture in producing, sustaining and resisting the enslavement of people of African descent and Natives in the territories that became Canada.

Special thanks to Jennifer Garland, Ann Marie Holland and Sharon Rankin ( Liaison Librarians, Rare Books and Special Collections Library) and Greg Houston and Jennifer Innes (Digitization Administrators).

The exhibition catalogue would not have been possible without generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Bravo Students!

Nicodemo Agostino
Emma Bardes
Ludivine Baugier
Rachel Burke
Daisy Charles
Eliyahu Freedman
Grace Fu
Nizar Hatoum
Nicole Ariella Ioffredi
Anna January
Anna Kanduth
Elisa Penttilä
Jacqueline Riddle
Kai Thomas
Rachel Zellars
Michael W. Zhang

Many of the art objects, which the students selected from McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, are a part of an art exhibition that will be on display from Wednesday, May 22nd until Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at:

McGill University
Rare Books and Special Collections Library,
McLennan Library Building
th Floor, McGill University
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H3A 0C9

Exhibition Vernissage

Wednesday, May 22nd, from 5:30pm to 7pm

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