Explore Dawoud Bey: Elegy using this resource which provides prompts for careful looking and discussion of the photographs and films created by Dawoud Bey.
For a large–print version of the exhibition text use the Dawoud Bey: Elegy Large Print Guide.
For copies of the transcripts use the Exhibition Transcripts.
Look at the photographs in this room and view the film in the next gallery. These scenes are of a place in Richmond known as the Richmond Save Trail, a walking trail that documents the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia. The 2.5 mile trail follows the path enslaved individuals would have walked from arriving on the docks to the auction blocks to be sold.
Look at the photographs in this room and view the film in the next gallery.
These artworks show places in Louisiana known as plantations, or large properties that forced enslaved people to work the fields, to tend crops, care for animals, and other jobs. The landscapes in these photographs and the film in the next gallery show trees, water, and buildings that enslaved people lived in. By taking photos of these buildings and settings the artist is asking us to imagine the history that happened here.
Look at the photographs in this room. In this last gallery, Bey travelled to Ohio, which is close to Canada, and freedom for enslaved people. Ohio was the last stop of the Underground Railroad, a system of secret paths and safe houses that helped enslaved people reach freedom in the North or outside of the U.S
Add your voice to the conversation! Make sure you stop by the lounge as you exit and respond to the questions posted there.
Take a break. Sit in the museum’s sculpture garden or café to share a snack and think about the art you have seen today. Take time to reflect on what you noticed, felt, or thought and share your reflections with someone you came with or write down your own thoughts.
Search for other landscapes in the permanent collection.