The Litchfield Historical Society is continuing their series of virtual lectures reexamining fine and decorative art pieces through the human, ecological, and economic impact of the production and distribution of these objects. The second talk in the series will be held on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm. Brandy Culp, the Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, will be sharing the bitter side of sugar’s history.
The Society has a rich collection of objects related to sugar – bowls, boxes, tongs, nippers and more. But where did this sweet treat come from and how did it end up on tables in Litchfield? In her talk, Brandy Culp will share the darker side to Sugar’s past, from its place as a luxury item, to the integral role of slavery in its production and global trade.
Brandy Culp is the Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Before joining the Atheneum, Culp was the curator of Historic Charleston Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has held positions at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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