Thursday 10/06/22 3PM
Tours · Exhibition-Related

A Close Look: “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook”

Cover Image:

George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook, 1975. Acrylic on canvas, 78 1/2 × 98 1/4 in. (199.4 × 249.6 cm). Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, 2021.45.1. © 2022 The Robert H. Colescott Separate Property Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Join educators from the New Museum and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art as we investigate one of Robert Colescott’s most well-known paintings, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from An American History Textbook (1975). On loan from the Lucas Museum and currently featured in “Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott,” this work exemplifies Colescott’s mode of inserting Black figures into narratives that have historically excluded or falsely represented Black identities and bodies.

During this live Zoom discussion, led by museum educators Jasmin Tabatabaee of the New Museum and Mariam Tabatabaee of the Lucas Museum, we will consider the artist’s work and its broader context through close looking, questions, and group conversation. Participants will also discuss how the work uses stereotype and sexually explicit imagery to achieve sardonic and humorous ends. This conversation is open to all art lovers–no prior knowledge necessary. Bring yourself and your curiosity!


New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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