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Nathan Cummings Foundation

Magazine article Sculpture

Nathan Cummings Foundation

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New York

Bring in the Reality

Through September 11, 2015

From Classical Athens to contemporary America, parrhesia (the right to speak candidly, freely, and boldly) has been more ideal than reality, as attested by the fates of dissenters from Socrates to Edward Snowden. An antidote to the sly persuasion of rhetoric, with its glosses, distortions, and manipulations, parrhesia speaks truth to power-even when no one wants to hear it. The works in this show rise to that challenge, conjuring not only the burden of history, but also of our present moment. The title comes from Cornel West's Black Prophetic Fire (2014) in which he investigates the resonance of blues, jazz, hip-hop, and the writings of Malcolm X within this distinctly democratic tradition: "It was always 'bring in the funk, bring in the truth, bring in the reality. …

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