Panorama is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its American Art Program with a year-long series of Virtual Conversations on American Art and Museums, hosted by the New-York Historical Society, beginning September 9.

Spring 2022 (8.1)

Articles

Seeing Flora’s Profile as Portrait

Seeing Flora’s Profile as Portrait

While material constraints and violence always mitigated Black freedom of expression under slavery, our research establishes the context in which a Black maker of Flora’s profile is not only possible but plausible.
“The Sunflower’s Bloom of Women’s Equality”: New Contexts for Mary Cassatt’s <em>La Femme au tournesol</em>

“The Sunflower’s Bloom of Women’s Equality”: New Contexts for Mary Cassatt’s La Femme au tournesol

Far from a symbol of restrictive, retrograde femininity (or essentialist fertility), the sunflower and its bearer are beacons of Cassatt’s fervent feminism, a latent symbolism that emerges when the painting is considered within the context of the American suffrage movement.
Visuality and the Plantationocene: The Panoramas of Regina Agu

Visuality and the Plantationocene: The Panoramas of Regina Agu

This framework, whose orientation is temporal as much as it is spatial, charts the plantation as a point of origin and acceleration for our current ecological crisis and traces its unequal impact on marginalized populations worldwide.

In the Round

Colloquium

Film still from Alex Dolores Salerno's film El Dios Acostado. Echo lies on his side facing away from the camera in a clearing in the grass. In front of him are dense green trees and bushes and a few small buildings in the distance. Farther away is a large mountain overlooking the scene. The sky is bright and cloudy. There is a sense of serenity and rest.

Exploring Indisposability: The Entanglements of Crip Art

Fundamental to each [of these contributions] is decentering what we define as normal—both as an act of resistance to the ideology of normalcy but also, ultimately, as a way to prioritize principles centered on disability justice that privilege the generative and sustaining knowledge of queer, crip, BIPOC folks.

Responses

Kevin Quiles Bonilla

Heather Lynn Johnson

Pamela Sneed

Indira Allegra

Jill H. Casid

Allison Leigh Holt

Alex Dolores Salerno

Ellen Samuels

Research Notes

Iconoclasm on Paper: Resistance in the Pages of <em>Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave</em>, 1849

Iconoclasm on Paper: Resistance in the Pages of Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, 1849

The pages of this book are part of a long-standing tradition of conscientious iconoclasm, in which altering or damaging a picture or object constitutes a considered form of political protest, while they also provoke further reflection upon questions about the ethics of viewing or showing scenes of pain and suffering.
“Moral Lessons”: Charles Deas’s The Wounded Pawnee

“Moral Lessons”: Charles Deas’s The Wounded Pawnee

If I looked closely and recognized my own cultural biases, as Jules Prown wisely recommends, could I understand how [Henry] Tuckerman’s experience shaped a response that was so different from mine?
Naming Naquayouma: A Collaborative Approach to American Murals and Indigeneity at the 1937 International Exposition

Naming Naquayouma: A Collaborative Approach to American Murals and Indigeneity at the 1937 International Exposition

This account of Naquayouma’s role as a collaborator in 1937 is also an account of our own collaboration as researchers: with each other, with other scholars, and with the Hopi community, which is at its center.

Book Reviews

Exhibition Reviews