Black Is, Black Ain’t

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
April 20-Jun 8, 2008

Curator: Hamza Walker

Black Is, Black Ain't built upon the dialogue initiated by exhibitions in the past 15 years that have explored the cultural production of race. This exhibition registered a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion, a la multiculturalism, to the current moment where race, just as it is readily acknowledged as a social construct and therefore seemingly capable of being relinquished, is also reified to the extent that one could just as easily speak of a blackness without blacks. The exhibition included black and non-black artists whose works specifically address race with the goal of using the artists to highlight the construction and deconstruction of a racial identity.

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