What began as a seemingly insurmountable task to grapple with a challenging object in our collection has developed into an initiative with wider reach and deeper impact than we imagined. This exhibition is one component of the larger project and is designed to bring forward work done to date, highlight artistic engagement and response, and inspire conversation and introspection. The group of three collaborators has now grown dramatically and includes artists and partners from music, dance, theater, curriculum development, film, engineering, textiles, and spoken word, to name only a few.

Join us at the Chazen from February – June to experience the re:mancipation exhibition in person. In the meantime, visit the exhibition through this immersive interactive virtual tour.

There are four main sections of this exhibition.
1. timeline of events, objects and historical facts of note that give context to the time in which the Emancipation Group was created. At the end of this illustrated timeline is a version of Ball’s sculpture.
2. iconography: The second section explains the meanings behind many of the elements comprising the sculpture. Understanding the iconography deepens understanding of the work itself, and sets up the final sections of the exhibition:
3. artistic responses, and
4. new work by Sanford Biggers.

re:mancipation exhibition
Rowland Gallery 2023

Empty Pedestal, Lincoln Sq, Boston