Department of Special Collections, 976 Memorial Library
January 13 – May 22, 2020 (extended through fall semester 2020)
In conjunction with the Sawyer Seminar “Interrogating the Plantationocene,” Center for the Humanities, UW-Madison.
Highlighting books, manuscripts, archives, music, and pictorial materials exploring the long history and global reach of plantations, including crops and land use, racialized and forced labor, means of production and markets.
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Items on display range from business records to product promotions and produce boycotts, sheet music and recordings to photographs and engravings, novels to political tracts and protest posters, travel narratives to treatises on natural history, fabric and dye samples to artists’ books. They come from the holdings of the UW-Madison Kohler Art Library, Memorial Library, Mills Music Library, and Department of Special Collections, and the Archives & Library of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Viewers may find some materials disturbing.
Co-curated by Cynthia Bachhuber, Susan Barribeau, Tom Caw, Laura Martin, Robin Rider, Lisa Saywell, and Emilie Songolo. Thanks also to Carly Sentieri for designing the exhibit poster and enhancements to the exhibit space.