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Glenn Ligon explores race in America
Glenn Ligon explores race in America

Remember post-racial America? Shortly after we elected the first African American president, some eager folks decided that a couple of hundred years of home-grown racial terrorism hadn’t really done deep and lasting damage to the national DNA. The most appropriate retort to that delusion might be: “You lie.” At Regen Projects, Glenn Ligon rips a page from a 1959 blues wail of lost love, “What’s the matter now?” by Mississippi Fred McDowell, recorded just before the New York-based artist was born. Conceptually its sentiment is woven through Minimalist composer Steve Reich’s taped-speech work “Come Out,” commissioned for a 1966...

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