Weston and I took advantage of his extra day off work post-Sandy* to visit The Walters Art Museum's latest special exhibit: Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.  I was particularly interested in seeing the paintings and other works of art in person because I'm planning to use the exhibit website in the first week of my class on African American History to 1877 next semester.  

And I must admit, it was one of the rare cases where I actually read every label while walking through the exhibit.  I really appreciated the way the curators distinguished between generic or impersonal representations of Africans and "individualized" (or based off a real person's countenance) representations.  I don't read a lot of art history, in the strictest sense, so maybe this isn't that new to others.  I thought it was a good way to talk about stereotype without using that term (and all its more recent baggage).  

At the end, visitors were invited to post a sticky note that described their identity in a few words.  People tended to group them by theme, which was interesting because I didn't notice any signage prompting that sort of behavior.  There was apparently a competition for who could stick the highest note (it was very high...well above 10 ft I'd guess).  There was also a funny/sad one that said something close to "Historian - smart, funny, but broke."  I could definitely relate! 

*We made it through Sandy with minimal problems.  No loss of electricity or even internet.  2 minor ceiling leaks were the only damage to our apartment.

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