Episode No. 543 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curator Elyse Nelson.
Along with Wendy S. Walters, Nelson is the co-curator of “Fictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition interrogates French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s 1868/73 marble bust Why Born Enslaved! and places the sculpture in the context of French history, racialization, and in the representation of Black men and women by sculptors in Europe and the US during and after the nineteenth century. It’s on view through March 5, 2023.
The Met has published an excellent catalogue for the project. It includes contributions from Sarah E. Lawrence, Iris Moon, Caitlin Meehye Beach, Rachel Hunter Himes, James Smalls, Adrienne Childs, Nelson, and Walters. It is available from Indiebound and Amazon for about $25.
Air date: March 31, 2022.