WITHIN OUR GATES: Site and Memory in the American Landscape The Paintings of Keith Morris Washington

This exhibition is an exploration of lynching in America. The deceptively benign landscapes painted on large scale canvases, serve to both bear witness to our dark past and to remind us to be ever vigilant in our present.

Kokomo, Miss., Jun. 28 — A black teenager who was found hanging from a tree in his front yard in what investigators ruled a suicide may instead have been lynched for dating two white girls, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Tuesday.

Jackson asked Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the death of 17-year-old Raynard Johnson. Standing under the pecan tree where Raynard’s body was found by his father June 15, the civil rights leader said that the death “had the smell of Emmett Till all around it.” Till was a black teenager killed in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman.

Basic Black Contributor Talia Rivera sits down with acclaimed artist Keith Morris Washington to discuss his new series of paintings addressing lynching.

Raynard Johnson: Pecan Tree; Parents’ Front Lawn; Kokomo, Mississippi © 2002 Keith Morris Washington

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
7-9pm Opening Reception for WITHIN OUR GATES: Site and Memory in the American Landscape The Paintings of Keith Morris Washington

Meet the artist at the reception!

Exhibition Sponsors: Caroline Cargo, Diana Cramer, Elizabeth Edinger, Lynn Fallon & Greg Daily, Mark Feldman & Chris Riley, Christine Flynn, John Haritatos & Mark Desalvia, Tarki & Joe Heath, Larry Hoefler, Donna & Phil Muhs-McCarten, Deirdre Neilen, Leon & Rosemary Oaks-Lee, Carole Resnick, Alan Rosenthal, Alexandra Schwartz, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane and Shaila Woods

2017-18 Season Sponsors: Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Chana Bursztyn, Dik Cool, Bruce & Kathy Coville, Annemarie Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Kathy Flack, Bob Gates & Deborah Welsh, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Teresa Gilman, Ruth Heller-1199SEIU, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Sidney Manes, Fred & Diane Murphy, Shirley & Larry Novak, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, Wendy Ramsay, George Savage, Laurie Gilmore Selleck, Vince Sgambati, Jeff Unaitis and Amy Zamkoff

Special Benefactors: Anonymous, John & Dolores Brule, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan, Ann Jamison, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash and Lauren & Walter Melnikow

Sustaining Sponsors: Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith | Brewster Doust, M.D.

ArtRage – the Norton Putter Gallery
505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, New York
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