Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00PM – 7:00PM
This lecture outlines the aspirational function performed by African American military photography, especially photographic portraiture, and its evolution from the Civil War to WWI. It demonstrates to show the subjects in such images - far from merely posing for the historical record - enact a hopeful manliness. They are hopeful insofar as they look beyond the proven precocities of black American social and material life toward an imagined future in the US, the hope of which is, on its face, a leap of faith and an act of resistance all at once. Every pose of the black masculine subject, then, is a counterpoise to subjections real and representational. Maurice Wallace, associate director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia, will present the topic and Strong Eagle Daly, Nipmuc flutist, will play a tribute to his ancestors preceding the lecture.