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The Cotton Bowl and the Super Bowl

Hank Willis Thomas
The Cotton Bowl, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Hank Willis Thomas
The Cotton Bowl, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Merging football with twentieth-century sharecropping, Hank Willis Thomas traces the commodification of black bodies.

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Envisioning the Right to Vote

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How do Bruce Davidson’s photographs of the Selma march in 1965 find their echo in the modern debate over voter ID laws?

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Justine Kurland’s Great American Road Trip

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222MAG309_Kurland_HR

Justine Kurland crossed the United States in a weathered van, pursuing a chronicle of American Drifters.

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Dispatches: Cairo

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On the rooftops of Egypt’s capital, photographers reclaim the urban landscape.

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A New Grammar for Blackness

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Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine reflects on the intricate drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola.

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Vision & Justice Online: Mark Bradford’s Pride of Place

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The multidisciplinary artist investigates myths of black masculinity through costume, performance, and an iconic basketball jersey.

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Wild Sync: Lucy Raven in Conversation with Drew Sawyer

Lucy Raven, Tales of Love and Fear, 2015. Stereoscopic photograph, custom-built projection rig, and sound. Installation views, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Courtesy the artist
Lucy Raven, Tales of Love and Fear, 2015. Stereoscopic photograph, custom-built projection rig, and sound. Installation views, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Courtesy the artist

A video artist speaks about sonic journeys near and far.

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No System

Vinca Petersen, No System, 1999. Courtesy the artist
Vinca Petersen, No System, 1999. Courtesy the artist

On the road with Vinca Petersen, who chronicled the raves, free parties, and traveling sound systems of ’90s-era Europe.

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Noisy Pictures

Teenagers screaming and yelling during singer Elvis Presley's personal appearance at the Florida Theatre.  (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Teenagers screaming and yelling during singer Elvis Presley's personal appearance at the Florida Theatre.  (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In this sonic sequence, a group of leading curators, writers, and historians reflect on images that won’t stay quiet.