Planning Grant for “Sugar” exhibition

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    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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    Sugar changed the global economy and indelibly impacted mankind’s cultural footprint through commerce, the wealth it generated, and the subsequent human diaspora it catalyzed. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is crafting an exhibition that aims to explore the material world fueled and shaped by this commodity—from the resulting histories of the sugar trade and its human impact to the physical goods generated around and for its use. By broadening the discussion of sugar to encompass social, cultural, and economic topics, American fine and decorative arts can be made relevant to visitors. This exhibition will help further develop an innovative, programming-based road map that resonates with international, national, and local constituencies, especially the African American and Afro-Caribbean communities in Hartford. By identifying local and national experts to collaborate in the telling of these humanities stories, new audiences can be reached and content with lasting impact can be created. Planning is projected to take place from July 2019 through December 2020.

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