Kerry James Marshall: Mementos

Main Gallery Dec 17, 1999–Mar 4, 2000

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Kerry James Marshall: Mementos
Dec 17, 1999–Mar 4, 2000





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Mementos, 2000, Installation view

Kerry James Marshall’s exhibition was a requiem for the 1960s, a decade synonymous with the Civil Rights movement. Conceived as an installation, Mementos featured three new paintings, two sculptural components, and a video projection. Presenting an angelic pantheon of African-American cultural and political figures who died between 1959 and 1970, Marshall used the genre of history painting to reread the legacy of the Civil Rights movement and the whole of African-American history in relation to a very complex present. Complementing the exhibition, a day-long symposium at UCLA, cosponsored by the Center for African American Studies and Cultural Studies in the African Diaspora Project, addressed themes of memory and social and cultural history in art. Mementos was organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.