Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard

Date: October 14, 2017 - February 25, 2018
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Presented By: Worcester Art Museum

Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history. RELATED PROGRAM: Thursday, October 19, 5:30-8pm: Reception with cash bar. 6pm: Master Series Third Thursday including performance by Native American flute player Strong Eagle Daly and art talk by Maurice Wallace, Ph.D., Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia. Hosted by the Worcester Art Museum's Members' Council and free with Museum admission. Presented with support from Mass Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Bernard and Louise Palitz Fund. Master Series is sponsored by Abbvie. Rediscovering an American Community of Color was organized in partnership with, and with support from, Clark University. The Museum extends its gratitude to Mass Humanities, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, and Stephen J. Javaras and Robert A. Collins for their financial support. This project is also funded in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Photography Fund. In addition, Frank J. Morill generously provided the Museum with the Bullard negatives and years of dedicated research. Finally, the Museum thanks the members of the community and descendants of Bullard's sitters who offered advice, told stores and filled in crucial gaps that deepened the power of these portraits. Image: William Bullard, James & Jennie Johnson Family, 1894-1918; printed 2016, E.132.16.10

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