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Archives Week 2016 - Tour of "Securing the Shadow" at the American Folk Art Museum

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023

Curator-led Tour of "Securing the Shadow"

American Folk Art Museum

Humanity demands that no life should pass without some recognition, whether it is a marked grave, a painted posthumous portrait, or a postmortem photograph. "Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America" is the first museum exhibition dedicated to an examination of American self-taught portraiture of the 18th and 19th centuries through the lens of memory and loss. Each gravestone, painted portrait, and daguerreotype is a whisper through the years to “remember me,” because, as photographer Matthew Brady declared in 1856, “you cannot tell how soon it may be too late.”

Join Curator Stacy Hollander for a special Closer Look Tour that will focus on the inclusion of archival material in the exhibition. "Securing the Shadow" will include significantly more archival material than AFAM has used in past exhibitions – a growing trend among cultural institutions. Archivist Mimi Lester will also be present for any questions pertaining to our museum’s treatment of archival materials.

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This will be a daytime tour, open by RSVP to approximately 15 participants.

To RSVP, please email publicprograms@folkartmuseum.org

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