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Erik Neil (Chrysler Museum of Art)
Erik Neil takes us through a Chrysler Museum exhibit that explored the inherent conflict between Jefferson’s pursuit of liberty and democracy and his use of enslaved laborers to construct his monuments.
Built Through Violence
Mabel O. Wilson (Columbia University) and Louis Nelson (University of Virginia)
The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic was Thomas Jefferson. He also held captive more than 600 enslaved men, women, and children in his lifetime. Architects Mabel O. Wilson and Louis Nelson discuss Jefferson’s conflicting ideals.
Pillars of The Old South
Phillip Herrington (James Madison University
Phillip Herrington says the white-columned plantation house is one of the most enduring and divisive icons of American architecture.
John Ott (James Madison University)
The history of segregation is not just in our architecture, but in other public arts. John Ott is studying how artists in the early 20th century represented integration in their works, particularly in public murals and sculptures.
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