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January 26, 2017
Philemona Williamson, ‘La Sombra y el Espiritu V: The Beautiful Somewhere – The Work of Philemona Williamson’
The Sonja Haynes Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum will host celebrated artist Philemona Williamson for an exhibition entitled La Sombra y el Espiritu V: The Beautiful Somewhere – The Work of Philemona Williamson. Williamson, a native New Yorker, currently resides and works in Upper Montclair, New Jersey and has a studio in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Her work has been shown in many one-person and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the IV Bienal Internacional de Pintura in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 1994. She is represented in numerous private and public collections, including The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hampton University Museum in Virginia; Sheldon Art Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Mott-Warsh Art Collection in Flint, Michigan, and AT&T.
La Sombra y el Espiritu V:The Beautiful Somewhere – The Work of Philemona Williamson will be shown at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from Jan. 26 to April 24, 2017. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. Williamson will attend to speak about her work.
March 30, 2017
Daniel Sayers, ‘A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp’
In the 250 years before the Civil War, the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina was a brutal landscape – 2,000 square miles of undeveloped and unforgiving wetlands, peat bogs, impenetrable foliage and dangerous creatures. It was also a protective refuge for marginalized individuals, including Native Americans, African-American maroons, free African Americans and outcast Europeans.
In the first thorough archaeological examination of this unique region, Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the complex social and economic systems developed by these defiant communities that thrived on the periphery. He develops an analytical framework based on the complex interplay between alienation, diasporic exile, uneven geographical development and modes of production to argue that colonialism and slavery inevitably created sustained critiques of American capitalism. RSVP here.
Sayers is associate professor of anthropology at American University.