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African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road

January 23, 2018 to March 18, 2018
STANFORD ART GALLERY

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ON VIEW: TUESDAY – SUNDAY | 12 - 6PM
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 | 5-7PM

The Department of Art & Art History presents, African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road, an exhibition of solo works by Jonathan Calm. On view January 23 through March 18, 2018 with a reception on Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm.

Jonathan Calm is a visual artist and assistant professor in Photography at the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His interests include urban architecture and housing, and he is currently developing new work around the representation of African-American automobility, featuring performance, reenactment and portraiture to evoke the tension between moving and still images and bodies.

For this exhibit, Jonathan Calm has created large murals of black-and-white photographs that capture both urban and rural landscapes in different areas of the country. These images provide a backdrop from which performers emerge at regular intervals to act out and deliver monologues relating to the origin of the photographs. Through their performance, they transform the pictures into historical documents that literally 'come alive' and become oral history - highlighting how history can be performed at will. 45 images - grouped in grids of nine - memorialize a small selection of individuals of color who lost their lives when stopped for 'driving while black' by depicting the locations where they were 'targeted'. Reaching back to the Rodney King beating in the early 1990s, Calm seeks to pay sobering homage to the more and less known names claimed by an ongoing cycle of victimisation that provokes newsworthy outrage one moment and recedes into mainstream media oblivion the next. Through a series of self-portraits, he contemplates his own experience in the space constituted by the dangerous freedom of the open road.

‘African-American Automobility: The Dangerous Freedom of the Open Road’ has been invited to travel to Fisk University in Nashville, TN, and will be on display at the  Carl Van VechtenArt Gallery from 4/12/2018 - 9/15/2018.

Image: Jonathan Calm. Lorraine Motel I, 2017. Silver gelatin; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and LMAK Projects, New York. © Jonathan Calm.

In Collaboration with the Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery / Fisk University

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