The Other Warburg: Aby's African American Cousin Eugène and his Career as a Sculptor in 1850s Europe

The Other Warburg: Aby's African American Cousin Eugène and his Career as a Sculptor in 1850s Europe
Date
2 June 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Type
Lecture
Description

ONLINE PRESENTATION

Paul Kaplan (Purchase College, NY State University): 'The Other Warburg: Aby's African American Cousin Eugène and his European Career as a Sculptor in the 1850s'

The African American sculptor Eugène Warburg, born into slavery in New Orleans around 1826, was a distant relative of Aby Warburg. This talk carefully traces the sometimes astonishing twists and turns of the European phase of his career (1853-1859). Eugène Warburg’s affiliation with both pro-slavery American diplomats in Paris as well as the leading transatlantic anti-slavery figures of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Duchess of Sutherland are highlighted. This latter connection resulted in a sculptural representation of a black character from Stowe's second anti-slavery novel, Dred, produced in England in 1856. The presentation concludes with a discussion of Warburg's final years in Italy, and a consideration of where we might find echoes of Warburg’s brief career in later art and literature.

This event is part of the Director’s Seminar Series, which brings leading scholars to the Institute to share new research and fresh perspectives on the key issues in their fields.

This will be a live online event. Please register by Monday 1 June and you will be sent a link to join the session.

Image: Uncle Tiff, Eugène Warburg 1856

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