curated by Noah Davis
Non-Fiction is the second iteration of The Underground Museum’s collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). This exhibition explores the black body and its relationship to history, with works by Theaster Gates, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Marion Palfi, Henry Taylor, and Kara Walker.
Non-Fiction suggests a reality—both in art and in life—that is shaped through coexisting vantage points of hate, love, birth, death, race, resistance, perseverance, religion, and ancestry.
Several works depict epic brutality against innocent young black men, women, and children at the hands of law enforcement and ordinary citizens. Others are visions of beautiful black bodies—on the streets, as cowboys on horseback, and as ethereal lovers in the Garden of Eden—each full of power and grace.
Non-fiction is Noah’s love letter to the victims of racial violence, and the families that endured.
On view now through May 2017.
Images by Emily Duncan and Evan Tsutsumida, courtesy of The Underground Museum