Ragtime battled Blackface: a re-telling

postertimeline_sFor a whole week, I researched the histories and made a timeline that I placed inside the piano’s lid- it represents a hidden history but when you open it you discover the mallets and strings that sing! The timeline in order to tell the story of ragtime and the iconography it helped battle tells the history of blackface – a genre established over a hundred years before ragtime came to be – one can still see it in kitschy remnants today – aunt Jemimas syrup – I dread to see what the current fad with all things oldies might dig up in unsussed-out zeal – or just silence and the celebration of old timey black glamour – which may be just as bad. These days you can get away without deconstructing, but boy can it make folks cringe.