Asterisks in the Grand Narrative of History

January 15, 2021 to April 4, 2021

How do artists interrogate history? What kinds of new historical records can artists create? The BIPOC artists in Asterisks in the Grand Narrative of History approach these questions with diverse strategies that resist and re-examine historical narratives in pursuit of a more just world. Guest curators Jay Simple and Emma Steinkraus were informed by writer and scholar Saidiya Hartman’s theory of recombinant narratives that “‘loop the strands’ of incommensurate accounts” to weave together the past, present, and future. As in her work, these artists draw on a variety of sources, from pop culture to family photos to historical archives, to illuminate the ways individual stories and larger social forces are intertwined. Artists on view include: Marisa Williamson, Jason Patterson, Becci Davis, Anina Major, Amir George, Zora J Murff, Kieran Myles-Tverbakk, and Richard-Jonathan Nelson.
Asterisks in the Grand Narrative of History spans three galleries, with works on view in the LCVA’s downtown gallery, the Bedford Gallery at Longwood University, and the Gallery at Brinkley Hall at Hampden-Sydney College. The exhibition is curated by Jay Simple, Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at Longwood University, and Emma Steinkraus, Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Hampden-Sydney College. A concurrent Zoom symposium is planned for Spring 2021.​

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