Period pieces seem to be all the rage. However, when watching movies or made for television dramas, do you ever consider who made the luxury items shown in those lavish settings and at what cost. The Chipstone Foundation’s current exhibition entitled Troubled Like the Restless Sea is inspired by a passage from My Bondage, My Freedom, written by Frederic Douglass in 1855. The exhibit, located in the Milwaukee Art Museum, features objects created by enslaved craftspeople and brings to light the problematic history behind everyday objects that made the lives of slaveholders comfortable. In this episode of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer (JON nah fer) Fields speaks with Chipstone Curator Dr. Ruthie Dibble and Dr. Tiffany Momon, Founder and Co-Director of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive.
About the author
Dr. Ruthie Dibble is the Curator for the Chipstone Foundation and Dr. Tiffany Momon is the BCDA Founder and Co-Director. Momon is a public historian and Assistant Professor of History and Mellon Fellow at Sewanee, The University of the South. Gianofer (JON nah fer) Fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. She is also the host of Refrangible, available on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts.