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Personal Histories

Jul 5 2014 – May 3 2015

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

Historical narratives tend to highlight key events in a nation’s history. The fate of a country’s leaders, wars won or lost, and other transformative national events are enshrined as “official” history, while the struggles and successes of minorities and less influential groups often remain forgotten or in the margins.

The artists in this installation–including Laylah Ali, William Cordova, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Kara Walker–chart alternative narratives. All works in Personal Histories are drawn from SAM’s collections.

Uncle Thomas, 2008, Titus Kaphar, American, b. 1976, tar on paper, 48 x 36in. (121.9 x 91.4cm), Seattle Art Museum, Contemporary Art Support Fund, 2009.31. © Titus Kaphar, Photo courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.