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A Nation Under Our Feet

When: June 1-30 2016

Important Raleigh artist André Leon Gray’s mixed-media assemblages are devastating critiques of structural racism, whitewashed history, and pop-culture myths. “In fear of the wisdom that will be, most young kings get their head cut off” shows a young man in a cap that reads “Negus,” an Ethiopian royal title, in an acrylic portrait on black canvas. The wooden crutches that frame it are draped with crime scene tape found near N.C. Central University, setting up a stark, formally charged interplay between empowerment and endangerment. The piece, from 2015, is included in Gray’s current show at 21c Museum Hotel. —Brian Howe

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