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Pulling Down George III: Revolutionary Iconoclasm in New York City

July 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

On the night of July 9, 1776, a crowd emboldened by the Declaration of Independence pulled a huge equestrian statue of George III from its pedestal at Bowling Green in lower Manhattan. By any reckoning, the monument should have remained beneath the earth. But within decades, fragments of the statue began resurfacing, artists created scenes depicting its fall, and historical re-enactors performed its destruction at public events. This talk will explore how this singular act of Revolutionary iconoclasm became an American creation story through texts, images, and performances long after the American Revolution.

Wendy Bellion is Professor of Art History and Sewell Biggs Chair in American Art at the University of Delaware and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies. She is the author of Iconoclasm in New York: Revolution to Reenactment (2019) and the award-winning Citizen Spectator: Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America (2011).

Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TYwAYpi5Szq3XrOfS5jd2Q

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