Michele Wallace

  • Thornton Dial Sr.

    Thornton Dial was one of the first contemporary outsider artists to gain an international reputation. Born in 1928 in rural Alabama, Dial spent about forty years as a carpenter, welder, and bricklayer, all the while burying his paintings in the yard so no one could see them. Since his retirement in 1983, he has devoted his time and skills to artmaking. The seventy-three paintings in this show are encrusted with barbed wire, carpeting, paper, and steel; the twenty-two large sculptures are made from steel piping and found objects. The exhibition,

  • Doing the Right Thing

    Am I advocating violence? No, but goddamn, the days of twenty-five million Blacks being silent while our fellow brothers and sisters are exploited, oppressed, and murdered, have to come to an end. Racial persecution, nat only in the United States, but all over the world, is not gonna go away; it seems it’s getting worse (four years of Bush won’t help). And if Crazy Eddie Koch gets reelected for a fourth term as mayor of New York, what you see in Do the Right Thing will be light stuff. Yep, we have a choice, Malcolm or King. I know who I’m down with.

    —Spike Lee (with Lisa Jones), Do the Right