Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Black Is, Black Ain't" at MoCAD

I missed seeing this show last year in Chicago at the Renaissance Society but now it's opening this weekend in Detroit. Organized by curator Hamza Walker, the show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit includes work by over 20 artists like Carl Pope (whose letterpressed poster is pictured to the left), Andres Serrano, and Paul D'Amato.

This is a description of the show from the Renaissance Society...
Taking its title from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, this exhibition will explore a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a present moment where racial identity is being simultaneously rejected and retained. The exhibition will bring together works by 26 black and non-black artists whose work together examines a moment where the cultural production of so-called “blackness” is concurrent with efforts to make race socially and politically irrelevant.

There'll also be an exhibition called I Repeat Myself When Under Stress opening the same night. It'll consist of work by contemporary artists who focus compulsively on repetition. Chicago's The Sea and the Cake will perform at the opening this Friday, February 13th and the shows are both up through May 3rd, 2009.

4454 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI

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