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










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





















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.