Reckoning with History: Art, Landscape, and Memory

with Steve Locke, Karilyn Crockett, Sara Zewde, Margaret Burnham and Lee Pelton

Thursday, January 25, 2024
7 - 8:30 pm
Calderwood Hall

The history of lynching in the United States remains vividly present, though not always visible, in our national landscape. Yet the impacts of generations of racial violence and its ongoing legacies are too often overlooked.

Join us for a conversation organized in connection with the Gardner Museum’s special viewing of Steve McQueen: Lynching Tree. Explore questions of memory, history, and the role of art as a tool in reckoning with America’s legacy of racial violence. Leading scholars and artists Steve Locke, Karilyn Crockett, Sara Zewde and Margaret Burnham join Lee Pelton of the Boston Foundation to discuss how artists, designers, historians, and others address this fraught history through their work, while forging paths toward equity, justice, and healing.

Steve McQueen: Lynching Tree will be on view at the Museum from January 20, 2024 - February 4, 2024, and is co-curated by Lee Pelton, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, and Peggy Fogelman, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The galleries will be open for viewing before and after the panel.




Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.

To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.

This program is generously supported by The Boston Foundation.

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.