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The Resource Committed to memory : the art of the slave ship icon, Cheryl Finley

Committed to memory : the art of the slave ship icon, Cheryl Finley

Label
Committed to memory : the art of the slave ship icon
Title
Committed to memory
Title remainder
the art of the slave ship icon
Statement of responsibility
Cheryl Finley
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One of the most iconic images of slavery is a schematic wood engraving depicting the human cargo hold of a slave ship. First published by British abolitionists in 1788, it exposed this widespread commercial practice for what it really was - shocking, immoral, barbaric, unimaginable. Printed as handbills and broadsides, the image Cheryl Finley has termed the "slave ship icon" was easily reproduced, and by the end of the eighteenth century it was circulating by the tens of thousands around the Atlantic rim. Committed to Memory provides the first in-depth look at how this artifact of the fight against slavery became an enduring symbol of black resistance, identity, and remembrance. Finley traces how the slave ship icon became a powerful tool in the hands of British and American abolitionists, and how its radical potential was rediscovered in the twentieth century by black artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and curators. Finley offers provocative new insights into the works of Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and many others. She demonstrates how the icon was transformed into poetry, literature, visual art, sculpture, performance, and film-and became a medium through which diasporic Africans have reasserted their common identity and memorialized their ancestors. Beautifully illustrated, Committed to Memory features works from around the world, taking readers from the United States and England to West Africa and the Caribbean. It shows how contemporary black artists and their allies have used this iconic eighteenth-century engraving to reflect on the trauma of slavery and come to terms with its legacy
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Finley, Cheryl,
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brookes (Ship)
  • Brookes (Ship)
  • Slave trade in art
  • Metaphor in art
  • History in art
  • Art, Modern
  • Art, Modern
  • History in art
  • Metaphor in art
  • Slave trade in art
Label
Committed to memory : the art of the slave ship icon, Cheryl Finley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
990248434
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
xi, 306 pages
Isbn
9780691136844
Lccn
2017028275
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)990248434
Label
Committed to memory : the art of the slave ship icon, Cheryl Finley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
990248434
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
xi, 306 pages
Isbn
9780691136844
Lccn
2017028275
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)990248434

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