Boston Athenaeum
Boston, Massachusetts

To support Framing Freedom: The Harriet Hayden Albums at the Boston Athenaeum. This exhibition—organized by guest curator Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums—explores how albums documented and performed Black identity while also symbolically constructing and reinforcing community through representation, networks, and exchange. Installed less than one mile from the Haydens’ historic home, this is the first major original exhibition to examine Black abolitionists’ public identities, private lives, visual and material culture, and social activism through the lens of a Black woman’s photograph albums. A publication that includes a variety of thematic essays and transcripts accompanies the exhibition.

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