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Gavin Benjamin: Break Down and Let It All Out

October 16, 2022 - February 5, 2023


The inaugural project of the Museum’s new contemporary series in its historic paneled rooms, Gavin Benjamin: Break Down and Let It All Out combines the installation of a domestic space owned by a fictional Black family for nearly 250 years with psychologically rich portraits of local community members. Benjamin, born in Guyana, South America, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, makes work that reimagines the genre and traditions of portraiture. The exhibition acknowledges the past, visualizes possibilities for the present, and, perhaps, gestures to a more equitable future.


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