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Titus Kaphar Artwork in 'Forgotten Soldier' Special Exhibition

3D Sculpture on Display for Limited Time Through July 8


The “Forgotten Soldier” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown features an original work by Titus Kaphar, an American contemporary artist and 2018 MacArthur Fellow whose work reconfigures subjects in art history, often reinserting African Americans into familiar narratives of the past. The special exhibition reopened June 24 for an extended two-week showing through July 8, 2020.

Titus Kaphar_Forgotten Soldier_3D Sculpture_Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown FoundationSurrounded by 18th-century stories of African-American soldiers before, during and after the Revolution, the special exhibition showcases a commissioned sculpture by Kaphar, titled “Forgotten Soldier,” that invites visitors to “shift their gaze” or look at history through a new lens to contemplate these soldiers often overlooked in historical accounts. The project is in partnership with the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.

“Forgotten Soldier” three-dimensional sculpture, measuring 95 ½ inches high and 45 inches deep, is made of reclaimed wood, glass, resin, paint and LED lighting.

Kaphar’s paintings and sculptures have garnered a national spotlight in exhibits and permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, among other prominent institutions, and graced the cover of TIME Magazine, both in 2014 and again in 2020. The New York Times recently profiled his work and his efforts to nurture young artists in New Haven, Conn.

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About ‘Forgotten Soldier’ at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Discover personal stories of African-American soldiers and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation in “Forgotten Soldier” – featuring rare documents, artifacts, interactives and compelling art that traces the experiences of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the Revolutionary War.

Located at 200 Water Street in Yorktown, Virginia, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells the story of the nation’s founding, capturing the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 15, museum admission is $15.25 for adults, $7.75 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Parking is free.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown reopened on Wednesday, June 24, with adjustments to operations and access to outdoor living-history areas and gallery exhibits so visitors can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols and social-distancing procedures. To learn more, visit