Exhibition Opening Panel

Hiphop Archive, Du Bois Institute, 104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 4:00pm

Vanguards of Culture: W. E. B. Du Bois, Photography and the Right to Recognition

Thursday, 24 October 2013, 4 – 6pm
followed by Gallery Reception, 6.30 – 8.30pm

A Roundtable discussion with illustrated talks, held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois.

The panel will address Du Bois’ curatorial intervention at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, and explore its legacy in the context of contemporary politics of visual culture – with special emphasis on the question of race and representation in the field of photographic portraiture.

Speakers include: Deborah Willis; Nana-Adusei Poku; Kimberly Juanita Brown; and Renée Mussai (chair).

Presented in partnership with Autograph ABP, London.



Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Opening Remarks:
Renée Mussai, The Paris Albums 1900

Commentary by Mark Sealy (via video link)

Panelists’ Presentations:   
Deborah Willis, A Second Life: W.E.B Du Bois and the Paris Exposition 
Kimberly Juanita Brown, A Glance Away: Portraiture and the Narrative of Engagement 
Nana Adusei-Poku, Rooted in but not limited by: The changing politics of Black Visual Representation

Closing Roundtable Discussion & Q+A
Chaired by and Renée Mussai.





Image credit: Courtesy of the Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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