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New Orleans Artist Ti-Rock’s Controversial Michael Brown Exhibit

michael-brownn-art-exhibit-e1436950303283(Chicago Tribune) – A life-sized simulation of Michael Brown’s body lies face-down on the floor, surrounded by police tape and traffic cones while above him, a video image of Eartha Kitt sings about black angels.

A small model of the Statue of Liberty stands on a pedestal, its visage done up in blackface.

A canvas of cracker boxes forms the backdrop for the words, “WHITE PRIVILEGE, THE LAST OUTPOST OF PSYCHOLOGICAL OBLIVION.”

There is not much subtext in the work of Ti-Rock Moore, a New Orleans artist whose 50, mostly frank, angry pieces about racial injustice comprise the show, “Confronting Truths: Wake Up!”, on view at the Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

But the controversy has come because of the directness of the piece incorporating the prostrate silicone likeness of Brown, the 18-year-old African-American man fatally shot by a white, Ferguson, Mo., cop in August 2014.

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