November 4, 2021

Participants will learn the techniques and materials used when making silhouettes and apply them to an investigation of the silhouette's communicative potential.

Moses Williams, Dr. James Hunter Fayssoux, c. 1803, hollow-cut silhouette on wove paper sheet, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection.

Moses Williams, Dr. James Hunter Fayssoux, c. 1803, hollow-cut silhouette on wove paper sheet, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection.

For thousands of years, silhouettes have communicated information. From haunting shadows to detailed portraits, the lines of a silhouette express identity, emotion and experience. But what can a silhouette tell us about history and ourselves? In this workshop, participants will explore the historical uses of silhouettes and their significance within the African American experience through an analysis of works on view by Kara Walker and Moses Williams.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multiyear, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.

 

Further information

  • Location: The Trout Gallery
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Calendar Icon
  • Cost: Free