Lifting the Veil

Client: Washington University

Location: Steinberg Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO

Traveled to: Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH; NYC, NY

Lifting the Veil is the first national touring exhibition to present the remarkable Hudson River School style landscape paintings of the African-American artist Robert S. Duncanson. Duncanson achieved renown in the antebellum era, signaling emergence of the African-American artist into the international art community.

To explain the historical and social context of the life and works of Duncanson, Signature Design created an interpretive program of story signs, artifact cases, and printed exhibit programs. Historic replicas of slave shakles hang the symbolic veil of the entrance sign.

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