Join us for a talk by artist Mario Moore to celebrate the installation of his painting The Great Reckoning.
The work depicts Moore’s ancestor, Thomas Moore, a Black Union Army soldier who fought in the Civil War, as he distances himself from a rearing white horse. A parchment inscribed with Frederick Douglass’s 1863 speech urging Black men to take up arms in service of the Union lays at the soldier’s feet, a counterpart to the Confederate flag under the horse’s hooves. With these dueling symbols, the artist invites us to consider the contested histories that link our pasts and present.
This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the “CC” icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.
This program is co-hosted by the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Lewis Center for the Arts.
Mario Moore (born 1987, Detroit, MI; active Detroit), The Great Reckoning, 2020–21. Oil on linen; 259.1 × 518.2 cm. Lent by The Popkin Family. © Mario Moore. Image courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery. Photo: Michael Smith