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CANCELLED - Art of Ghost River: A talk with editor and curator Will Fenton
Mon, March 23, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Art Department at
Parkway Central Library
Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga is a graphic novel about the Paxton massacres of 1763. However, as the title suggests, the Paxton vigilantes associated with this tragedy are peripheral to this story. This volume introduces new interpreters and new bodies of evidence in order to foreground indigenous victims and survivors in ways that colonial printed records – with their focus on colonial elites – cannot do alone. Written, illustrated, and published by indigenous partners, Ghost River confronts several challenges that accompany studies of early America. How can we tell difficult stories that don’t reproduce past assumptions? Can we recollect tragedy without eulogizing it? And how can acts of artistic reinterpretation reveal the fluidity of history, memory, and collective mythology? Creative Director Will Fenton will grapple with these questions and discuss his experience editing and curating a Native graphic novel and public art exhibition at one of the oldest colonial institutions in the nation, the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Image: Illustration from Ghost River by Weshoyot Alvitre.
Will Fenton is the Director of Scholarly Innovation at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Editor and Curator of Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga. He earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University (Department of English, 2018), where he specialized in early American literature and the digital humanities.
Room 108, 1st floor of Parkway central Library; advance registration encouraged: