Kimono Wednesdays

William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture | February 08, 2016
This image was taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface

This image was taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface

On the MFA Kimono Wednesdays panel on Sunday, February 7, 2016, William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture Director Barbara Lewis discussed the topic of cultural substitution and replacement through the lens of blackface minstrelsy, which erased the public presence of subordinated bodies on the American stage for over a hundred years.

From the 1830s, following the Nat Turner revolt in Virginia, up through the Civil Rights era in the 1960s, minstrel performers, who pretended to be black, filled theater after theater across the country and also enjoyed an international vogue before moving into film and television. 

The Kimono Wednesdays panel drew much controversy. You can form your own opinion by viewing the YouTube video here.

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