Literature Program
 


Friday, September 21, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

FREE

University at Buffalo Humanities Institute and Hallwalls present

Tamara Thornton

Scholars at Hallwalls: Nathaniel Bowditch & the Science of Business in 19th-Century America



Tamara Plakins Thornton focuses on the cultural history of the United States between the Revolution and the Civil War. She is the author of Cultivating Gentlemen: The Meaning of Country Life among the Boston Elite, 1785-1860 (Yale University Press, 1989), and Handwriting in America: A Cultural History (Yale University Press, 1996). She was awarded the Ralph D. Gray Article Prize for an essay published in the Journal of the Early Republic in 2007. Most recently, her essay on "Capitalist Aesthetics: Americans View the London and Liverpool Docks," appeared in an edited collection titled Capitalism Takes Command: The Social Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America (University of Chicago, 2012).

 
 
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Laylah Ali
Paintings and Drawings


Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.