Museum Exhibition At the High Museum in Atlanta
Nov
4
to May 22

Museum Exhibition At the High Museum in Atlanta

Taking its title from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech before his untimely assassination in 1968, this installation of photographs will reflect on the 50th anniversary of this tumultuous year in American history. The more than 40 prints on view in the Museum’s Bunnen Gallery for Photography are drawn in large part from the Museum’s collection of photography documenting the Civil Rights Movement, which is among the most significant in the world. Iconic historical images will be presented with works by contemporary photographers that illuminate the legacy of the movement.

Through some of the most powerful images from the High’s Civil Rights collection, this exhibition underscores how photography can chronicle and even shape history. Historical works, including several recent acquisitions, are juxtaposed with contemporary photography that speak to the past’s reverberations into the present and future. The exhibition is arranged into three sections: the era of Dr. King’s leadership; the year of his death; and contemporary reflections on the Civil Rights Movement’s enduring legacy. Artists featured include renowned 20th century photographers like Gordon Parks, Danny Lyon, Charles Moore, Roy DeCarava, James Hinton, Steve Shapiro, Diane Arbus, Ernest Withers, Doris Derby, and Burk Uzzle and notable contemporary photographers David Alekhuogie, Dawoud Bey, Jason Lazarus and Sheila Pree Bright. These artworks demonstrate the wide-range of artistic responses to the movement, from the photojournalistic to the poetic, from tender portraiture to conceptual landscapes.

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Solo show "Them Boys" at Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles
Sep
8
to Oct 21

Solo show "Them Boys" at Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles

Them Boys
David Alekhuogie
September 8 – October 21, 2017
 
Skibum MacArthur
1989 Blake Ave, 90039
 
Preview: Friday, September 8, 2017, 7-10pm
 
Open hours Fridays and Saturdays noon-6pm and by appointment
Please email hey@skibummacarthur.net
 
A flash of torso, a t-shirt, underwear, low-slung pants. They form the color fields of red, white, and blue that compose the landscape-inspired photographs in Them Boys, David Alekhougie’s show at Skibum MacArthur. In his exploration of bodies and states of (un)dress, David exposes and subverts the meanings and mythologies—of desire and fear, inextricably intertwined, and often involving racial and gendered politics—we ascribe to fashions and the bodies they simultaneously cloak and reveal.

“Brothers should pull up their pants,” even (the then) President Obama chimed in. Though the saggy pants style has been around for three decades, it has triggered public consternation among politicians in recent years and spurred a spate of local ordinances around the country, resulting in fines and at times prison time. Predominantly associated with urban hip hop culture, the prohibition of low hanging pants suggests camouflaged regulation of black male bodies and their self-presentation. David complicates the heavily coded narrative by posing his saggy pant compositions on both mannequins and models, males and females. The wide swaths of color in the close-up images also feature branding of labels with potent associations with the urban and Americana like Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion and Dickies. Cropped and abstracted yet seductive, the photographs dialogue with advertising imagery and hint at the commodification of the sagging style. (After all, Justin Bieber’s sag swag got him a Calvin Klein underwear contract.)

The photographs are accompanied by cyanotypes toned in Epson ink of classical statuary, juxtaposing contemporary representations of male bodies and fashions against transferred images of ancient idealized figures and garments set in stone. In addition, sculptures cast from lower half body mannequins out of concrete, the modern industrial stone material, recall the classical marble figures depicted in the cyanotypes. In Them Boys, fragments of bodies recur, the succinct synecdoches hinting at the anxieties, of lust and disgust, about the public persona versus the private self, felt over bodies throughout history and in our current moment.
 

David Alekhuogie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago earning a post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Art with a focus in Photography in 2013 and Master's of Fine Art from Yale University in 2015.

Alekhuogie’s multi-disciplinary art practice is centered around photography and investigates and questions the dialectical relationships between politics, race, gender, media, and power. Alekhuogie’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally and his art has been published in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Timeout magazine, Chicago magazine, Vice magazine, and The Los Angeles Times. Alekhuogie lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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