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Rico Gatson, “My Eyes Have Seen”

  • Art, Contemporary art
Rico Gatson, Mask Painting #3, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Ronald Feldman Gallery

Time Out says

The “dark grief” of African-American history is the subject of Rico Gaston’s latest show, which comprises film, paintings, sculpture and drawings. Along with compositions mining African tribal motifs, as well as portraits of civil rights heroes, the highlights include a video shot during a trip to Mississippi. In it, Gaston follows the trail of events leading to Emmett Till’s 1955 lynching and aftermath: From the store where the 14-year-old supposedly whistled at a white woman (which, decades later, she admitted never happened), to the site of his murder, to the spot where his mutilated body was dumped into the river by his executioners.


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