‘Art From Archive’ Enables Viewers to See Black and Puerto Rican History in New Ways

Slide Show: Collaborative Exhibit of Work by Lewis Watts and Pablo Delano at Trinity Through December 9

Lewis Watts and Pablo Delano (Photo by Patrick Raycraft)

Hartford, Connecticut, October 23, 2017 – Art from Archive: Work by Lewis Watts and Pablo Delano, highlighting the work of two photographers/visual artists who have created works of art based on historical materials, is the featured exhibit at Trinity’s Widener Gallery at the Austin Arts Center through December 9.

Both artists have chosen to represent historical artifacts or images at a scale dramatically larger than the original, provoking the viewer to consider, both individually and comparatively, aspects of Black and Puerto Rican history within the structural societal framework of the United States of America. The exhibition also invites discussion about the roles of appropriation and of commodification within contemporary art, as well as, more broadly, the function and relevance of historical archives in today’s society.

Art from Archive is curated by Trinity College Fine Art Curator Felice Caivano and Frank Mitchell, executive director of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture. A panel discussion, moderated by Mitchell, kicked off the exhibit’s opening on Thursday, October 12. Panelists were Watts and Delano, along with University of Rhode Island Assistant Professor of Anthropology Hilda Lloréns. See a video of the panel discussion here.

Art from Archive is produced by the Trinity College Department of Fine Arts and the Amistad Center for Art and Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, with additional Trinity College sponsorship from the Center for Urban and Global Studies Arts Fund, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Department of History, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Center for Caribbean Studies. The exhibition is presented in affiliation with the Trinity College program Bridging Divides: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Understanding and Promoting a Just Society.

For more background on the exhibit and the artists, click here.

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