An Artist Embedded: "Voicing the Absent: Crafting History"

8 Apr 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's digital display wall and exhibition cases. Photo by Vincent Fraley, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

What do we do when we do not know all the facts? When we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker and 1994 Pew Fellow Louis Massiah, and playwright Ain Gordon will lead a panel discussion about how historians and artists handle this predicament.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, An Artist Embedded explores, via a series of public events with visiting artists and scholars, how historical events are related to contemporary issues in the United States—such as race relations, marriage equality, voter disenfranchisement, and immigration reform.