Curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha L. Logan
Opening Friday, March 22
Curators' Gallery Talk: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
White Boys charts the ways artists are aestheticizing white, male identity in the United States today. Privilege, invisibility, fear, anxiety, purity, emptiness, cowardice–whiteness and masculinity conjure an array of competing associations, emotions and imagery. Taken together, they present a perspective paradoxically ever-present and ever-absent: white is both the sum of all colors and no color at all.
But how have whiteness and masculinity "evolved" as relational constructs vis-à-vis blackness, femininity, and sexuality, modes of otherness that have often been scrutinized and alienated? Where are these terms’ entrenchments, and where do they become more pliant? Through photography, video, painting, printmaking and sculpture, the "white" and "non-white" artists of White Boys variously imagine male whiteness within this broader network of racial and sexual tropes and identities, marking seeming commonalities and more subtle gradations.
Featuring Chris Berntsen, Blakely Thomas Dadson, Sean Fader, Lisa Fairstein, Gregory Halpern, Jessica Ingram, Jeremy Kost, Noah Krell, Steve Locke, Philip Metz, Richard Mosse, Eva O’Leary, Michael Ratulowski, Bayeté Ross Smith, Matthew Salacuse, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Travis Somerville.
**Please also join us for an Artists and Curator Panel
Wednesday, April 17
Stokes Hall, Room 102
Moderated by Brendan Wattenberg '06, Director of Exhibitions, Walther Collection Project Space; sponsored by the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Program.
White Boys is made possible with the support of the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Program.