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ArtSlant on Rodney McMillian: “Deconstructing […] the American Landscape”

Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian, A Migration Tale, 2015 (filmed 2014), single channel video. Courtesy the artist and Maccarone, New York.

Olivia B. Murphy of ArtSlant meditates on Rodney McMillian’s three overlapping shows on view, including “The Black Show” at ICA:

“McMillian’s investigation into racial identity in the US continues with The Black Show at the ICA in Philadelphia (on view through August 14). A Migration Tale (2015) is projected onto a large screen in the center of the exhibition space, placing the viewer almost in the scene as we follow a masked McMillian from a small desolate house in South Carolina, down the steps of the Capitol Building brazenly waving its confederate flag, into the New York City subway system, and finally to a drum circle in the park, filled with people dancing and clapping. In this ten-minute loop we see over 200 years of history depicted in the migration millions of African Americans have made, leaving the South to seek supposed opportunity and freedom in the North.”

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