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The 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the upcoming presidential election have brought voting rights to the forefront of American politics in 2020 and have prompted important questions about legacies of disenfranchisement, especially for people of color in the United States.
Inspired by the Long 19th Amendment Project, spearheaded by the Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, this program will examine works from the collections at the Harvard Art Museums and Houghton Library that offer a lens on voting rights in the United States in the 20th century. Through close looking at individual artworks in various media, speakers will discuss the Voting Rights Act of 1965, barriers to enfranchisement for people of color, and the role of art in advancing equality.
- Leslie Morris, Gore Vidal Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library
- Katherine Mintie, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography, Harvard Art Museums
- Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums
- Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
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