“I don’t think I’ll ever get over that,” the artist Winfred Rembert said in 2017, referring to the day in 1967 when he was nearly lynched by a white mob in Georgia. “I think I’ll be dead and in my grave before it’s over.” Rembert died in March of 2021, at 75, leaving behind a rich body of work that vividly remembers the way things were in the Jim Crow South. Men on chain gangs, dressed in black-and-white stripes. Women bent amid rows of snowy cotton. Rembert’s medium was leather—he carved and dyed images into it. These images possess fierce energy and a stunning compositional power. This exhibition presents 20 works that capture pivotal events in Rembert’s life. —L.J.
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