Corcoran to Display Leading Black Artists' Work - NBC4 Washington

Corcoran to Display Leading Black Artists' Work



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    Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood), 2008. Lambda print, 69 x 55 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

    The Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th St. N.W.) will host an exhibit that tackles issues of racial, sexual and historical identity.

    The exhibit, "30 Americans," opens Saturday, Oct. 1, and will remain on display through February. It features works by leading black artists in the com temporary realm, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hank Willis Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and more.

    Museum Director Fred Bollerer says the show marks an effort to undertake more daring exhibitions that examine serious issues and provoke debate. Some images from Thomas are particularly striking. They include photographs of athletes playing basketball through a noose, instead of a hoop, and with familiar logos branded on their skin.

    New works by Thomas and photographs by Gordon Parks accompany the main show.

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