9 × 11 ¾ inches, 208 pages
Design by David Hartt & IN-FO.CO Available for Pre-Order Shipping October 2021
With a rich, immersive design, this clothbound monograph reveals the fault lines of race, colonialism, and empire that haunt the present.
Borrowing its title from Herodotus’ foundational work, this publication documents a cycle of three works collectively titled The Histories by artist David Hartt. Focusing on the Americas and the Caribbean during the 19th century, Hartt explores real and imagined landscapes informed by Martin Johnson Heade, Robert S. Duncanson, Michel-Jean Cazabon, and Frederic Church. His contemporary interpretations use video, tapestries and sculpture alongside musical collaborations with Girma Yifrashewa, Van Dyke Parks, and Stefan Betke. The first work, Le Mancenillier, commissioned by and sited in the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Beth Sholom Synagogue, was filmed and photographed in Haiti and New Orleans. The second, Old Black Joe, in Trinidad and Ohio, and the final work Crépuscule, commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art was made in Jamaica and Newfoundland.
With an extended photo essay, documentation of the installations, and essays by Cole Akers, Solveig Nelson, Michael Veal, and Mabel O. Wilson, The Histories reveals the complex entanglement of peoples and cultures as place is explored.