GalleryBeat Minority Report: I'm the minority.
Principal artists: Chris Johnson (American, b. 1948) and Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976), with Kamal Sinclair (American, b. 1976) and Bayeté Ross Smith (American, b. 1976). Question Bridge: Black Males, 2012. Multichannel video installation. January 13–June 3, 2012 Mezzanine Gallery, 2nd Floor

I rarely attend these museum parties anymore but I wanted to see this show, "150 Diverse Black Males", and be in a crowd where I really didn't know anyone. Turns out I knew about two, and met more, but I was an observer to another part of art culture that was a complex video/doc driven black male experience mash. I really wanted to see what, and who, were a part of producing this ambitious project of identity.

Installation view - projection image Installation View photo by H-O

As part of helping the effort, actor Delroy Lindo was up front and center to speak, then melted into the crowd. I wanted to meet Mr. Lindo, because he's such a badass on the screen. Having a conversation either happened or it didn't, but I could see that there was the camaraderie of people that all know very well what it is to play any part of a very good, community building concept that is just plain hard to construct. Art video is one thing, but art video that pointed to a kind of "every black man's story" rolled into one is beautiful service when executed with a deft touch. A local 9th grade teacher, Elizabeth Trina, told me she had brought her class of 15 males to see the show and they were so stoked about it they couldn't stop talking about it afterward. How cool is that?

Delroy Lindo, and gallerist/producer jack Shainman

The installation gallery and the party. All photos by H-O All rights reserved 2012

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