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Paul Rucker’s newest art installation “Rewind” at the Baltimore Museum of Art isn’t just provocative, it provides commentary about today’s race relations.

The installation includes media pieces that mix kente cloth and KKK attire and the artist says, it’s not just black history, but American history.

From The Root:

Rucker received an esteemed Baker Artist Award this year. A self-taught visual artist and classical musician—a cellist—and composer, he combines media, integrating visual art with sound from his original compositions. He has collected artifacts that tell stories of American’s painful past. A Confederate $100 bill with a picture of enslaved Africans toiling away on the back, a picture of a KKK event where Coca-Cola was the sponsor, the 1860 census, historic postcards depicting lynchings, and a copy of a book entitled White Supremacy and Negro Subordination, among other items.

“This show is not about black America; it’s about America,” Rucker says as a speaker box whistles in the background. A part of his installation, the box whistles every 67 minutes—the amount of time it took the jury to acquit Emmett Till’s killers.

Rucker’s work touches on issues that plague today’s society. From  incarceration, the prison-industrial complex, slavery and racial disparities. Rucker says the theme behind “Rewind” an attempt to connect the past to the present.

Rewind” will run at the Baltimore Museum of Art until Nov. 15.

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  • It’s a very controversial exhibit to say the least. I understand what he’s trying to do. We shouldn’t sugarcoat the vicious hatreds that existed during the American past and the continued bigotry that continues to exist in our current generation. We have to learn about this disturbing history since the same mentality of racism and bigotry didn’t end in the 1960’s. It still exists today from the murder of Charleston church goers (by a white racist terrorist) to the white racist trolls who harass people in the Internet. So, we have to be prepared. We have to be uncomfortable and angry at injustice. We have every right to stand up for our rights. We can never establish a better future without understanding the lessons from the past.

    A Luta Continua.

  • John Bradford Jr.

    He is opening up a dialogue that needs to happen among the people of this country. No we cannot forget about slavery, Jim Crow, and other discrimination laws that have not only blacks, but any minority group in this country. As I look through photos and the words that accompany the exhibit and to say the least, I am uncomfortable. I see this as the intended effect that it is supposed to have. Rewind is a think piece that will open up the conversation so that people who assume that nothing is wrong, will finally open up their eyes and realize the impact and consequences of the atrocities that still happen to this day. If I cannot feel safe going to the store, on my front porch, or even my place of worship, where do I go in order to find safety???

  • KamJos

    Kente is so meaningful, why use it this way?

  • Dr.Rue

    Looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out in person