Repost: Mark Bradford’s Scorched Earth at the Hammer

2 thoughts on “Repost: Mark Bradford’s Scorched Earth at the Hammer”

  1. This was an awesome article the first time and it feels even more meaningful now. I remain uncomfortable with creatong any kind of equivalence between the imposed destruction and murders of the Tulsa riots and the self-destructive riots of 1992. I suppose both could be argued by one side to be a rebellion and by the other to be a riot, but pushhing back against injustice is not the same as being terriorized by raw hatred. Today, unlike when the original exhibit opened, there is much more open cross-cultural dialogue about the evils of racism and the effects of systematized and and instituionalized inequity, but it also comes as those same evils seem to be more empowered and less hidden. To reread such pointed words and be faced with such visual literacy feels like a new uncovering. You remind us not only of the lasting power of Bradford’s artistic statements, but force the recognition that the purpose behind each work remains sadly too true today. Thank you for the unearthing.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I understand your point about the comparisons between the events themselves. I do feel that they are violent symptoms of the same problem-racism and hatred. It’s unnerving to see new manifestations of the same problems uncovered in every generation, and it’s particularly frustrating to see how easy it is to simply cover up painful truths in our past versus doing the work of confronting and dealing with them. I’m waiting for the right time to dig into the NYT essays from the 1619 project- this repost was part of that process of setting the stage. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this.

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