Exhibition History

"Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art"
 David Hammons, Injustice Case, 1970; Pray for America, 1974

Image wars are still taking place, and we don’t know where they started or if they will ever end. One way to ght back is to try to enter the fray and change things from within. In mid-90s New York, one exhibition did just that, exploding the conventional image of the black male subject.

"There was a lot of buzz about “Black Male”, and in the Whitney Independent Study Program circles I moved in back then, what was exciting about the show was that it sought to undermine any notion of an essential black male subject." 

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