Join an in-depth conversation inspired by a single work of art in the exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice. To kick off the dialogue, guest speakers Sharri Coleman and Suzanne Thomas will share insights and observations before opening the floor to participants, all while focusing on a single painting, Women Builders.
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Painted in the mid-1940s, William H. Johnson’s Fighters for Freedom series pays tribute to black activists, scientists, teachers, performers, and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. Some of his twenty-eight Fighters—such as Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, and Mahatma Gandhi—are familiar historical figures; others are less well-known individuals whose determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. Johnson celebrated their accomplishments even as he acknowledged the realities of racism, violence, and oppression they faced and overcame.
Credit: William H. Johnson, Women Builders, 1945, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1150