This installation presents works by contemporary artists who examine a range of themes and issues related to African-American history, identity and memory. Barkley Hendricks and Ben Jones celebrate the profound cultural contributions made by African-American musicians, artist and dancers. Kara Walker and Willie Cole offer critical perspectives on race and slavery.
The works here also highlight the expansive range of media practiced by these artists as they examine African-American life. From Alison Saar’s incorporation of found objects to Willie Cole’s use of an iron and lemon juice to produce scorch marks; from Ben Jones’ fusion of ribbons, tinsel and paint to Kara Walker’s appropriation of the traditional silhouette portrait – all of these works
compel us to consider the limitless possibilities of
art making and of the black experience itself.