Sesnon Gallery at UCSC – Question Bridge: Black Males by artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas, in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair.

1156 High Street at Porter College, 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, 95064
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Full run of show Feb 6, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019

Question Bridge: Black Males by artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair is an innovative, widely exhibited multimedia project that uses video to facilitate a conversation among Black men from twelve cities across the United States. Presented by the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, in partnership with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, the five-screen video installation will be on view February 6- April 6, 2019.
(Closed March 23- April 1 for Spring Break)

This exhibition installation provides a safe setting for necessary, honest expression and healing dialogue on themes that divide, unite and puzzle black males today in the United States.

Question Bridge originated in 1996, when artist Chris Johnson was looking for a way to use new media art to generate a meaningful conversation around class and generational divisions within San Diego’s African American community. Mediated through the lens of a video camera, ten members of the black community were provided a format to openly express their deeply felt beliefs and values through candid question and answer exchanges. None of the questions or answers were prompted.  Over the course of four years, Johnson, along with Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, have traveled the nation collecting questions and answers from over 150 Black men in eight cities (New York, Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Philadelphia) that comprise a video catalog of 1,500 exchanges. By focusing on exchanges within this extended community, surprising insights and new possibilities for witnessing our common humanity emerge.

This event is free and open to the public! Parking available in meters in the Porter College 

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