Kerry James Marshall confronts diversity in museums
In a 2008 film from our Extended Play series, Kerry James Marshall challenges art institutions—and the canon of Western art in general—on the unignorable cultural underrepresentation across narratives and practices.
“At some point you become acutely aware of your absence in the whole historical timeline that develops this narrative of mastery,” says Marshall. “We take it for granted that this is just the way art history has been structured.”
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Fred Wilson links identity to experiences
Mounting tear-shaped black glass drips on a white wall, Fred Wilson reflects on how he was ostracized as the only Black child in his suburban elementary school, and how experiences such as those from his formative years have shaped his practice and identity.
“It’s difficult for me to not look at people in the world and see everyone as a relative,” says Wilson, tracing the mixture of ethnic representation within his own immediate family. “I feel comfortable with people, but that comfort is tempered by the fact that people may not feel that way about me.”
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