- Model Citizens: Frances Benjamin Johnston at the Tuskegee Institute
April 29 at 12:10 and 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall
Anjuli J. Lebowitz, exhibition research associate, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
In 1902 Booker T. Washington commissioned photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston to record students participating in the curriculum at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama. Building on her previous projects in Virginia and Paris, Johnston created some of her most complex work to date on the Tuskegee grounds. Anjuli Lebowitz asserts that Johnston's Learning Dressmaking, Tuskegee Institute, in particular, synthesizes methods of nineteenth-century visual anthropology with discourses surrounding African American citizenship that had been circulating since before the Civil War.