Black Male Show: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art
 
"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe, nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, flesh, and bone, fiber and liquids-and I might even be said to possess a mind." - Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
 
MLK 50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred Wilson, Guarded View, 1991.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Am a Man),1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burn Motherfucker, Burn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tupac Shakur
Bill Cosby
Magic Johnson
     
O.J. Simpson
Clarence Thomas
Prince

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

red = blood of the people and the violence surrounding the struggles fro liberation
 
black = the people
 
green = territory, ancestry, and other metaphoric possibilities associated with growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Simmons, Line Up, 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prison rates decline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Pope, Some of the Greatest Hits of the New York City Police Department:
A Celebration of Meritorious Achievement in Community Service
,1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel Chin, Night Rap, 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renee Cox, It Shall Be Named, 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andres Serrano, Nomads (Rene), 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Koons, Moses, 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorna Simpson, Gestures/Reenactments, 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyle Ashton Harris, Constructs #13, 1988.
Lyle Ashton Harris, Constructs #10, 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Colescott, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware:
Page from an American History Textbook
, 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Kitchen Table Series), 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renee Cox, Yo Mama, 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glen Ligon, America, 2011.