The Gulf Stream and the Atlantic World
The Gulf Stream and the Atlantic World
Hear a discussion about Winslow Homer's iconic painting The Gulf Stream and its intersecting issues of race, politics, and environment in the context of the Atlantic world.
Met Museum online
June 22, 2022 | 6:00 pm
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Speaker details

Ada Ferrer
Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American History, New York University
Bernard Ferguson
Poet and essayist
Stephanie Herdrich
Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, The American Wing, The Met
Sylvia Yount
Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge, The American Wing, The Met

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

About The Exhibition

Renowned for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery, Winslow Homer (1836–1910) remains a consequential figure whose art continues to appeal to broad audiences. This exhibition reconsiders Homer’s work through the lens of conflict, a theme that crosses his prolific career. A persistent fascination with struggle permeates his art—from emblematic images of the Civil War and Reconstruction that examine the effects of the conflict on the landscape, soldiers, and formerly enslaved people to dramatic scenes of rescue and hunting as well as monumental seascapes and dazzling tropical works painted throughout the Atlantic world. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Homer’s iconic The Gulf Stream, a painting that reveals his lifelong engagement with charged subjects of race, geopolitics, and the environment. Featuring 88 oils and watercolors, Crosscurrents represents the largest critical overview of Homer’s art and life in more than a quarter of a century.

Image: Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream (detail), 1899 / photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art