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In Fear of the Wisdom That Will Be, Most Young Kings Get Their Head Cut Off

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In Fear of the Wisdom That Will Be, Most Young Kings Get Their Head Cut Off

André Leon Gray 

When: Fri., June 24, 6 p.m. 2016



André Leon Gray has been a key figure in Raleigh's art scene since before there was much of one. The self-trained artist's mixed-media assemblages, which have been exhibited at the Nasher and at fine institutions farther afield, 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, A Nation Under Our Feet. Learn about the cosmology behind his eloquent code at this artist talk on Friday. —Brian Howe

21C MUSEUM HOTEL, DURHAM6 p.m., free,

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