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Committed to memory : the art of the slave ship icon / Cheryl Finley.

Author/creator Finley, Cheryl author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
Descriptionxi, 306 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents I.Sources/Roots (1788 -- 1900) -- 1.Idea: Image and Text -- 2.Form: Essential Elements -- 3.Circulation: Politics and Publicity -- II.Meanings/Routes (1900-present) -- 4.Negroes: Old and New -- 5.1969: Activism, Art, and Performance in the United States -- 6.Art and Activism in Britain: 1960s -- 1990s -- 7.Bodies: Commoditization and Branding -- III.Rites/Reinventions (1990s-present) -- 8.Pattern: Behind the Face of an Iron -- 9.Spirits: From Chango to Iconoclasm -- 10.Roots Tourism and the Slave Ship Icon -- 11.Museums, Monuments, and Memorials.
Summary One of the most iconic images of slavery is a schematic wood engraving depicting the human cargo hold of a slave ship. First published by British abolitionists in 1788, it exposed this widespread commercial practice for what it really was - shocking, immoral, barbaric, unimaginable. Printed as handbills and broadsides, the image Cheryl Finley has termed the "slave ship icon" was easily reproduced, and by the end of the eighteenth century it was circulating by the tens of thousands around the Atlantic rim. Committed to Memory provides the first in-depth look at how this artifact of the fight against slavery became an enduring symbol of black resistance, identity, and remembrance. Finley traces how the slave ship icon became a powerful tool in the hands of British and American abolitionists, and how its radical potential was rediscovered in the twentieth century by black artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and curators. Finley offers provocative new insights into the works of Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and many others. She demonstrates how the icon was transformed into poetry, literature, visual art, sculpture, performance, and film-and became a medium through which diasporic Africans have reasserted their common identity and memorialized their ancestors. Beautifully illustrated, Committed to Memory features works from around the world, taking readers from the United States and England to West Africa and the Caribbean. It shows how contemporary black artists and their allies have used this iconic eighteenth-century engraving to reflect on the trauma of slavery and come to terms with its legacy.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2017028275
ISBN9780691136844 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN069113684X hardcover ; alkaline paper
Technical rpt#(Coutts)038394778

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