Legacies Denied: Unearthing the Visual Culture of Canadian Slavery




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

McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library

For opening hours see:

Rare and Special Collections, Olser, Art, and Archives, McGill

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.

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 Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at:

McGill University
Rare Books and Special Collections Library,
McLennan Library Building,
4th Floor, McGill University,
3459 McTavish Street,
Montreal, Quebec,
Canada, H3A 0C9


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