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VIRTUAL LECTURE: The Intemperate Watermelon: Racism and Excess in Still Lifes of Fruit
June 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$9 – $10
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
Watermelons were a rowdy fruit in American art; they were shown leaking juice, vomiting seeds, and sliding across tables in still-life representations. The fruit’s reputation as messy and hard to control no doubt influenced artistic representations as well as a cruel racist stereotype that developed around watermelon and African Americans in the 19th century. This presentation, with Shana Reisig, Assistant Professor of Art History, Kent State University, explores the visual and racial politics of watermelon to understand their complex depiction in American art.
Image: William Wheeler (1832-1894), “Still Life with Watermelon,” 1865. Oil on canvas, Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company.