curated by Noah Davis

Non-Fiction was the second of a series of more than a dozen exhibitions curated by Noah Davis before his untimely passing in 2015.

This exhibition presented images of the black body and its relationship to history. It suggested that reality—both in art and in life—is shaped through co-existing vantage points of hate, love, birth, death, race, religion, ancestry, resistance, and perseverance.

The artists featured were Theaster Gates, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Deana Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Marion Palfi, Henry Taylor, and Kara Walker. 

Their works depicted brutality and the deaths of innocent young black men, women, and children at the hands of both law enforcement and ordinary citizens. Also on view were images 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 May 2016 through April 2017.

Photos by Emily Duncan.