Work from potter Thomas W. Commeraw. Photo: @nyhistory

New York Historical Society exhibits
New-York Historical Society, located on the Upper West Side at 170 Central Park West, has two upcoming exhibits centered on Black History Month. “Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw.” The exhibit includes more than 20 jars and jugs produced by Commeraw, who was born a slave and became a free Black entrepreneur with a successful pottery business, between the late 1790s and 1819. The exhibit runs through May 28, and you can get more info here. Opening on Feb. 24 is an exhibit featuring a series of 15 prints by the esteemed artist Kara Walker, “Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).” Walker based her work on illustrations from a two-volume anthology published in 1866, focusing on the omission of Blacks from the narrative. It runs through June 1.  Get more info here

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