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To create Liberty/Liberté, conceptual artist Fred Wilson mined the collections of the New-York Historical Society for objects that would reveal the contradictions of freedom and slavery in the age of revolution. The figure of George Washington, a symbol of liberty but also a slave owner, is arranged with imagery from the American, French, and Haitian revolutions. Liberty cap in hand, the cigar store African American figure, together with slave shackles and slave badges, bring into focus the unfulfilled ideals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the particular juxtapositions offer a meditation on the meaning of freedom. Find out more about visiting the New-York Historical Society Museum at http://www.nyhistory.org/visit
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