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Outlines of Color – Trailer

Installation view Theaster Gates: Lights of Progress. Image credit: Jessica Smolinski

Take a journey back over 100 years ago to the turn of the 20th century as sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois presented the American Negro Exhibit and his data visualizations at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Du Bois’ transcendent works provided an important look into the lives of Black people in America after three decades of emancipation through groundbreaking data gathering and brilliant artistry. Outlines of Color is an 8-part series featuring accounts by scholars, authors, and experts of Du Bois who reflect on the impact of the drawings and how Du Bois used data to illustrate and debunk scientific racism at the time.

Presented by The Narrative Project and Artspace New Haven.