feature the ‘rewind’ exhibit – “kente cloth klansmen and paul rucker’s art that provokes”

September 28, 2015

Take a look at the ‘Rewind‘ exhibit, the latest work from acclaimed visual artist Paul Rucker. The Root says that the exhibition (which is currently on at the Baltimore Museum of Art until November 15th) centers on “incarceration, the prison-industrial complex, slavery and racial disparities”, reports The Root. The Root also states: “The theme of “Rewind” is connecting the past to the present and asking how we got here. The installation includes a publication entitled Rewind, which details fascinating and horrific stories of racial brutality from the Middle Passage; the multimillion-dollar cotton industry (in 1860, cotton sales alone generated $200 million—$5 billion today); convict leasing; the inspiration for the Ku Klux Klan; and police-brutality cases like Eric Garner and Sean Bell. It even features runaway-slave classified ads. Paul Rucker isn’t intentionally provocative. His art tells American stories. It just so happens that those stories are provocative, wretched and criminal.” Rucker is quoted as saying: “This show is not about black America; it’s about America.”  Explore below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

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