“Do you see it?"...“is this the lynching?" Asked this senior lady who came up behind me. "Yes" I replied dismissively standing in front of the wall where this ☝ portrait hung. When I first walked up to the portraits I didn't even notice the background (safe to assume that was #KerryJamesMarshall
You guys prolly cant see it. Pardon my camera phone. But what is there is an artistic rendition of a well circulated post card displaying the hanging of two black men #ThomasShipp
in the jim crow era. What KJM has so expertly captured is the face of 3 young Caucasian women at this savage spectacle, each ever so framed in an elegant heirloom. Ha! The heir·loom: a sacred object passed down the family line. As I stood there marveling at this piece of beautifully framed grotesque display of human decadence, a Caucasian family strolled behind me marveling as well. The youngest lady is an artist, I overheard, the eldest lady commented how this series of portraits is something like what the young lady is working on. They marveled and complemented the aesthetic of the portraits, rightfully so, it was mesmerizing. But what stood out to me was that I was mesmerised for something completely different then they were. The shocking resemblance of these portraits or rather what the portraits mean to these days & times.
I wonder how we will look at portraits of #trayvonmartin
, #sandrabland #AltonSterling
...& so many more, when it comes to be their turn to hang in museums. Who's faces will be framed in the heirloom?
#moca #museum #art #justice #wednesdayreflections #woke #consciousmusic