Rachel C Kirby


PhD Candidate in American Studies

Unenslaved through Art: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green


Journal article


Rachel C. Kirby
Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, vol. 6(1), 2020


This article was published in Panorama's Spring 2020 issue as part of an "In the Round" discussion of southern art titled: "Little of Artistic Merit?": The Art of the American South," edited by Naomi Slipp.

In the essay, I examine contemporary artist Jonathan Green's series, "Unenslaved: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green," completed in 2012 and 2013. The  Unenslaved series depicts what Green imagines rice cultivation and culture might have looked like if the African and African-descended people living and working on the landscape had not been kidnapped and enslaved, but instead lived in the coastal environment on their own volition. As such, I explore the ways in which the works challenge typical representations and conceptualizations of African American culture on and in the antebellum and contemporary Carolina Lowcountry landscape, and redress history through visual rejection.

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Cite

APA
Kirby, R. C. (2020). Unenslaved through Art: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green. Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, 6(1).

Chicago/Turabian
Kirby, Rachel C. “Unenslaved through Art: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green.” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 6, no. 1 (2020).

MLA
Kirby, Rachel C. “Unenslaved through Art: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green.” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, vol. 6, no. 1, https://editions.lib.umn.edu/panorama/article/little-of-artistic-merit/unenslaved-through-art/, 2020.