Many artworks produced during the Atlantic slave trade disseminated and reinforced pro-slavery ideologies by attempting to reduce people of African ancestry to their corporeality. Contemporary artists represented in the AMAM collection, including Carrie Mae Weems, Burton Silverman, William E. Smith, and Margaret Burroughs, reclaim and re-present this dim period in history through prints and photographs of their own.
Organized by Sreyashi Bhattacharyya (OC 2016), AMAM Education and Public Programs Assistant (2015–16).
William E. Smith (American, 1913 – 1997(?))
Underground Rail Road (Oberlin), from the suite Latí Ilé si Ilé, 1971
Black ink and sepia ink on paper
Gift of Patricia and Donald Oresman (OC 1946), 2001.23C