Networks of Labour: Representing Cotton in                      Nineteenth Century AmericaAnna Arabindan-KessonPhD Candida...
Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Cotton.Com, mixedmedia installation, CUBE (Center for UrbanBuilt Environment) Gallery, Manchester(...
“He said I looked like a painting by Murillo as Icarried water for the hoe gang, just because Ibalanced the bucket on my h...
T B Thorpe,Cotton and ItsCultivation,Harpers NewMonthlyMagazine, Vol8, #46, 1854,447-463
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South,1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of art                          ...
Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp, Manchester, (film                                 stills), mixed media and dance, Whitworth...
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Luther Terry, Jacob’s Dream, 1852, oil on canvas, New YorkHistorical Society
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Johann Friedrick Overbeck, Germania undItalia, 1811-1828, oil on canvas, NeuePinakothek                                   ...
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Merrimack Mill Corporation, Lowell, lithograph, nd,   Kirk Doggett, Boots Cotton Mill, Lowell, 1850, drawing,Lowell Histor...
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Edward Atkinson, The Cotton Kingdom,1863
T B Thorpe,Cotton and ItsCultivation,Harpers NewMonthlyMagazine, Vol 8,#46, 1854, 447-463                   Charles Knight...
Commercial Statistics, Hunt’sMerchant Magazine andCommercial Review, Vol 5, 1841p 471                                 Some...
James Richard Barfoot (1794-1863), The Progress of Cotton, Series of twelve lithograph with color, 1840, 34.5 x 49cm, Yale...
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Slave cloth samples, Peace Dale Manufacturing CompanyCollection, Baker Library, Harvard University
Weaving, 1869                                                  "I weave, and weave, the livelong day:                     ...
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
Eyre Crowe, Slave Auction in Richmond, Virginia, 1853, oil on canvas, Heinz Collection, DC
Edgar Degas, Detail, from Portraits in a                                                              New Orleans Cotton O...
Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jules Breton, The Reapers, 1860, oil on canvas, KelvingroveArt Gallery and Museum
J Wells Champney, Scenes on a                                                  Cotton Plantation, in Edward King,         ...
Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873,oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, Pau
The Cotton Spinners andManufacturers Directory,Manchester and Salford,Blackley, Boothstown, Clayton,Droylsden, Eccles, Fai...
Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873, oil on canvas, Musee DesBeaux-Arts, Pau
Edgar Degas, Portraits ina New Orleans CottonOffice, 1873, oil oncanvas, Musee DesBeaux-Arts, Pau                         ...
Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873,oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, Pau
Interior of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper,                                       M...
Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873,oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, Pau
Edgar Degas, Portraits ina New Orleans CottonOffice, 1873, oil oncanvas, Musee DesBeaux-Arts, Pau                         ...
Jules Breton, The Reapers, 1860, oil on canvas, KelvingroveArt Gallery and Museum
Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, LosAngeles County Museum of Art
Woman winding shuttle bobbins. engraving aft. WinslowHomer, in William Cullen Bryant, Song of the Sower, 1881New-England F...
Winslow Homer, Old Mill (The Morning Bell), 1871, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery
Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers,1876, oil on canvas, Los AngelesCounty Museum of Art                                    ...
Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South,1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of art                          ...
Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Cotton.Com, mixedmedia installation, CUBE (Center for UrbanBuilt Environment) Gallery, Manchester(...
Aerial Photograph of the Mills in Ancoats, Royal Commission                                               for the Historic...
Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Cotton.Com, mixedmedia installation, CUBE (Center for UrbanBuilt Environment) Gallery, Manchester(...
Lubaina Himid, Unbelonging, fromKangas from the Lost SampleBook, 2011/2012,                                   Lubaina Himi...
Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp, Manchester, (film stills), mixed media and dance, Whitworth Art Gallery, 2012
Anne Wilson, stills from Wind Up: Walking The Warp                                                        Chicago, mixed m...
Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp, Manchester, (film stills), mixed media and dance, Whitworth Art Gallery, 2012
Leonardo Drew, Number 25, 1992, cotton and wax, Rubell Family Collection
Global Threads: Anna Arabindan-Keeson on Networks of Labour: Representing Cotton in Nineteenth Century America
Global Threads: Anna Arabindan-Keeson on Networks of Labour: Representing Cotton in Nineteenth Century America
Global Threads: Anna Arabindan-Keeson on Networks of Labour: Representing Cotton in Nineteenth Century America
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As part of COTTON: Global Threads (11 Feb - 13 May 2012), Anna Arabindan-Kesson, a History of Art and African-American studies academic travelled from Yale University, USA to discuss issues around the representation of cotton production in the States. This talk was recorded on 26 April 2012. Presentation and images © the speaker.

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Global Threads: Anna Arabindan-Keeson on Networks of Labour: Representing Cotton in Nineteenth Century America

  1. 1. Networks of Labour: Representing Cotton in Nineteenth Century AmericaAnna Arabindan-KessonPhD Candidate, Yale UniversityTerra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow,Smithsonian American Art Museum,Whitworth Gallery, Cotton: Global ThreadsApril 26h, 2012
  2. 2. Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Cotton.Com, mixedmedia installation, CUBE (Center for UrbanBuilt Environment) Gallery, Manchester(2002)
  3. 3. “He said I looked like a painting by Murillo as Icarried water for the hoe gang, just because Ibalanced the bucket on my head.”
  4. 4. T B Thorpe,Cotton and ItsCultivation,Harpers NewMonthlyMagazine, Vol8, #46, 1854,447-463
  5. 5. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  6. 6. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South,1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of art Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873, oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, PauWinslow Homer, TheCotton Pickers, 1876,oil on canvas, LosAngeles CountyMuseum of Art
  7. 7. Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp, Manchester, (film stills), mixed media and dance, Whitworth Art Gallery, 2012Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Leonardo Drew, Number 25, 1992, cottonCotton.Com, mixed media and wax, Rubell Family Collectioninstallation, CUBE (Center forUrban Built Environment)Gallery, Manchester (2002)
  8. 8. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  9. 9. Luther Terry, Jacob’s Dream, 1852, oil on canvas, New YorkHistorical Society
  10. 10. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  11. 11. Johann Friedrick Overbeck, Germania undItalia, 1811-1828, oil on canvas, NeuePinakothek Henry Hoff & William Hall. The Flag of our Union, Sheet music, 1851, lithograph, Library of Congress
  12. 12. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  13. 13. Merrimack Mill Corporation, Lowell, lithograph, nd, Kirk Doggett, Boots Cotton Mill, Lowell, 1850, drawing,Lowell Historical Society Library of Congress William Wyld, A View of Manchester from Kersal Moor, (Manchester from Higher Broughton),1852, oil on canvas, Royal Collection
  14. 14. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  15. 15. Edward Atkinson, The Cotton Kingdom,1863
  16. 16. T B Thorpe,Cotton and ItsCultivation,Harpers NewMonthlyMagazine, Vol 8,#46, 1854, 447-463 Charles Knight,” The History of A Cotton Gown,” The Penny Magazine, 1832, 1840
  17. 17. Commercial Statistics, Hunt’sMerchant Magazine andCommercial Review, Vol 5, 1841p 471 Some Items of New Orleans’ Commerce, DeBow’s Review, Vol 20,1855
  18. 18. James Richard Barfoot (1794-1863), The Progress of Cotton, Series of twelve lithograph with color, 1840, 34.5 x 49cm, Yale University Art Gallery
  19. 19. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  20. 20. Slave cloth samples, Peace Dale Manufacturing CompanyCollection, Baker Library, Harvard University
  21. 21. Weaving, 1869 "I weave, and weave, the livelong day: The woof is strong, the warp is good: I weave, to be my mothers stay; I weave, to win my daily food : But ever as I weave," saith she, " The world of women haunteth me. ...... My sisters toil, with foreheads black ; And water with their blood this root, Whereof we gather bounteous fruit. " I think of women sad and poor ; Women who walk in garments soiled : Their shame, their sorrow, I endure ; By their defect my hope is foiled : The blot they bear is on my name ; Who sins, and I am not to blame ? " And how much of your wrong is mine, Dark women slaving at the South ? Of your stolen grapes I quaff the wine ; The bread you starve for fills my mouth : The beam unwinds, but every threadLucy Larcom, artist unknown, engraving, nd, New With blood of strangled souls is red.York Public Library
  22. 22. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South, 1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of Art
  23. 23. Eyre Crowe, Slave Auction in Richmond, Virginia, 1853, oil on canvas, Heinz Collection, DC
  24. 24. Edgar Degas, Detail, from Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873“Dealers inspecting a Negro at a slave auction in Virginia”The Illustrated London News (Feb. 16, 1861), p. 138.
  25. 25. Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  26. 26. Jules Breton, The Reapers, 1860, oil on canvas, KelvingroveArt Gallery and Museum
  27. 27. J Wells Champney, Scenes on a Cotton Plantation, in Edward King, The Great South, American Publishing Company, Hartford, 1875A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi, Currierand Ives, lithograph after William AikenWalker, 1884, Yale University Art Gallery
  28. 28. Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  29. 29. Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873,oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, Pau
  30. 30. The Cotton Spinners andManufacturers Directory,Manchester and Salford,Blackley, Boothstown, Clayton,Droylsden, Eccles, Failsworth,Harpurhey, Patricroft,Pendleton, Pendlebury, Swintonand Worsley. (John Worral Ltd,Oldham, 1887), 115
  31. 31. Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873, oil on canvas, Musee DesBeaux-Arts, Pau
  32. 32. Edgar Degas, Portraits ina New Orleans CottonOffice, 1873, oil oncanvas, Musee DesBeaux-Arts, Pau Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  33. 33. Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873,oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, Pau
  34. 34. Interior of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, March 24, 1883Edwin L Jewell, New Orleans Cotton Exchange Building,Crescent City Illustrated, 1872
  35. 35. Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873,oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, Pau
  36. 36. Edgar Degas, Portraits ina New Orleans CottonOffice, 1873, oil oncanvas, Musee DesBeaux-Arts, Pau Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  37. 37. Jules Breton, The Reapers, 1860, oil on canvas, KelvingroveArt Gallery and Museum
  38. 38. Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers, 1876, oil on canvas, LosAngeles County Museum of Art
  39. 39. Woman winding shuttle bobbins. engraving aft. WinslowHomer, in William Cullen Bryant, Song of the Sower, 1881New-England Factory Life--"Bell Time" , after WinslowHomer, Harper’s Weekly, 1868, wood engraving
  40. 40. Winslow Homer, Old Mill (The Morning Bell), 1871, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery
  41. 41. Winslow Homer, The Cotton Pickers,1876, oil on canvas, Los AngelesCounty Museum of Art Winslow Homer, Old Mill (The Morning Bell), 1871, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery
  42. 42. Luther Terry, An Allegory of North and South,1857, oil on canvas, Greenville CountyMuseum of art Edgar Degas, Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, 1873, oil on canvas, Musee Des Beaux-Arts, PauWinslow Homer, TheCotton Pickers, 1876,oil on canvas, LosAngeles CountyMuseum of Art
  43. 43. Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Cotton.Com, mixedmedia installation, CUBE (Center for UrbanBuilt Environment) Gallery, Manchester(2002)
  44. 44. Aerial Photograph of the Mills in Ancoats, Royal Commission for the Historic Monuments of England,1986-1988William Wyld, A View of Manchester fromKersal Moor,(Manchester from Higher Broughton),1852, oilon canvas, Royal Collection
  45. 45. Lubaina Himid, (Detail) Cotton.Com, mixedmedia installation, CUBE (Center for UrbanBuilt Environment) Gallery, Manchester(2002)
  46. 46. Lubaina Himid, Unbelonging, fromKangas from the Lost SampleBook, 2011/2012, Lubaina Himid, Collage, from Kangas from the Lost Sample Book, 2011/2012,
  47. 47. Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp, Manchester, (film stills), mixed media and dance, Whitworth Art Gallery, 2012
  48. 48. Anne Wilson, stills from Wind Up: Walking The Warp Chicago, mixed media and dance, 2008Anne Wilson, Local Industry Cloth, cotton cloth, 2010
  49. 49. Anne Wilson, Walking the Warp, Manchester, (film stills), mixed media and dance, Whitworth Art Gallery, 2012
  50. 50. Leonardo Drew, Number 25, 1992, cotton and wax, Rubell Family Collection

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