Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary
California African American Museum (CAAM)
600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
March 8 - August 25, 2019
Two portraits from my solo exhibition, Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, will be included in the group exhibition, Plumb Line: Charles White & the Contemporary, curated by Essence Harden, independent curator, and Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. The exhibition is a satellite show to Charles White: Retrospective at LACMA and features more than a dozen contemporary artists whose work in the realm of black individual and collective life resonates with White’s profound and continuing influence. Artists in the exhibition include Sadie Barnette, Diedrick Brackens, Greg Breda, Alfred Conteh, Kenturah Davis, Kohshin Finley, Yashua Klos, and Toyin Ojih Odutola, among others.
More information here.
Requiem for Charleston
Smithsonian American Art Museum
F St NW & 8th St NW, Washington, DC
On view in the Lincoln Gallery
Requiem for Charleston considers the events of June 17, 2015, when nine men and women were shot by a white gunman inside one of the country’s oldest historically black churches in Charleston, South Carolina. The installation consists of 25 tambourines whose drums have been replaced with black lambskin, referring to the quintessential symbol of innocence and sacrifice. Thomas inscribed nine of the tambourines with the names of the murdered men and woman; others were left blank in tribute to the many men, women and children who have died in attacks on black churches.
This work is discussed by the artist in the SAAM panel, "Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968," with Alfredo Jaar, Sam Giliiam, and E. Carmen Ramos. Watch here