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  • In Search of Julien Hudson:
    Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans

    December 9, 2011 - March 11, 2012

    Julien Hudson on WICN

    Honee Hess and Katrina Stacey: IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON
    Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome HONEE HESS, Director of Education at the Worcester Art Museum and KATRINA STACY, Assistant Curator of Education at the Worcester Art Museum. They introduce an upcoming exciting exhibition at the museum titled IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: A FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. This complex exhibition, which involved "detection, speculation and invention" attempts to piece together the details of the life of this important American artist. This is Part One of a series about this show.

    Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM K. RUDOLPH Ph.D, Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum to talk about the exhibition IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. Rudolph talks about what we know and don't know and what we assume about this fascinating American artist; Hudson's two trips to Paris and what is was like for an artist to work in pre-Civil War New Orleans.

    In the early and mid nineteenth century, the economies of both Louisiana and Cuba depended on the growing of sugar cane. In both areas, this industry was made possible by similar brutal systems of slavery. But after the American Civil War and after the prolonged war for Cuban independence, the political and social fates of the freed black slaves were incredibly different. How did Cuba develop a more racially and culturally diverse culture and why Louisiana's state government systematically work to disenfranchise the freed black citizens from their voting rights? Tune in tonight for a fascinating history of race and politics when we speak with REBECCA J. SCOTT, the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of law at the University of Michigan. Her important and dynamic new book is DEGREES OF FREEDOM: LOUISIANA AND CUBA AFTER SLAVERY.

    This exhibition is co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. It is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.