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Edgar Arceneaux reflects on King's legacy at Susanne Vielmetter
Edgar Arceneaux reflects on King's legacy at Susanne Vielmetter

In his latest exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter, Edgar Arceneaux takes on the hefty legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and filters it through the lens of pop culture and the urban decay of Detroit. It’s a lot to digest, and the array of sculptures, wall pieces and video succeed to varying degrees. Most powerful are works based on a pair of documents. The first is a threatening, anonymous letter sent by the FBI to King, parts of which have been redacted. In four different pieces, Arceneaux takes the blacked-out sections, abstracts them and superimposes them on a recent account of King’s children fighting over ownership of the reverend’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize....

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