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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Dawoud Bey, John Edmonds, Wardel Milan

Oct 31, 2020 – Apr 18, 2021
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

Between 1953, when Dawoud Bey was born, and 1989, when John Edmonds was born, the U.S. reckoned with racism and violence on a grand scale. In 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state-sanctioned segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1968, King was assassinated. Two months later, Robert F. Kennedy, a champion of civil rights, was assassinated. Protests ensued. On the occasion of another nationwide reckoning, this exhibition juxtaposes the work of Black American artists Bey, Edmonds, and Wardell Milan, who was born between the others, in 1977. A common theme is photography. Another is the visual representation of the Black American experience over time. —J.V.

Wardell Milan, “Michael Ross,” 2018. Art Gallery of Ontario, purchased with funds from the Photography Curatorial Committee, 2019 © Wardell Milan 2019/2250.

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