What clues does the artist give us that tells how this person is feeling at this moment? How can you tell?
Consider the title of this sculpture - Free. Is this man free? Why or why not?
This sculpture presents an African American man leaning against the stump of a tree with his gaze downcast and hands held behind him as if they are bound. Although the title indicates that he is a freed man, his posture suggests a more complicated reality. In the decades following the abolition of slavery, African Americans still had limited social mobility due to prejudice and Reconstruction-era conditions, making it hard for those who were formerly enslaved to better their quality of life.
How does one's identity affect their freedom? What rights should belong to everyone, regardless of their identity or experiences?
Exhibition sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin
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