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Kris Graves: The Testament Project

September 21 - December 18, 2016

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Kris Graves exhibits selections from his series The Testament Project, a collection of photographs, videos, and testimonials aimed to represent and explore blackness in contemporary America. Graves's portraits are flooded with brightly colored lights that complicate assumptions about what blackness looks like. An oversized, hot pink portrait of the artist's sister, Jessica, will greet visitors at the entrance to the gallery, even as she confronts the permanently installed painting of M. Carey Thomas by John Singer Sargent. The juxtaposition asks us to bear witness to the trauma of institutional exclusion of black students under Thomas's presidency, to attend to the persistence of traditional privileges, and to imagine a path forward toward transformation. More than 20 photographs, subject testimonials, and a video will be on view.

Artist's Lecture

Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 pm, Thomas 224

Sponsored by The Center for Visual Culture

Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 5pm, Canaday Library