Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black

January 19 - April 14, 2019

Chicago Cultural Center • Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

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Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black (Cecil McDonald, Jr., Harmonic Portico, 2009, Pigment print)(click on image to enlarge)

 

Over the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” As the artist explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country." The photographs of In the Company of Black live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald's daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture.
 

Public Programs:

Gallery Talk with Curator Greg Lunceford

Thursday, February 7, 12:15-1pm

 

Gallery Talk with Curator Greg Lunceford

Thursday, March 21, 12:15-1pm

 

In the Company of Black Closing House Party

Sunday, April 14, 2-5pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

Free Admission

As a closing celebration of the exhibition Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black, come dance the afternoon away to DJ-spun classic house music.

 

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