Taylor Renee Aldridge

  • View of “Brown: Videos from the Black Show,” 2019–20. Photo: Zak Kelley.
    picks February 10, 2020

    Rodney McMillian

    Brown fabric is draped over the walls at the Underground Museum for Rodney McMillian’s exhibition “Brown: Videos from the Black Show,” rendering the interior melancholic and enigmatic. A Migration Tale, 2014–15, is the first of the five videos on view. Here, McMillian is shown adorned in a long black cloak and a silver mask. He wanders from a New York subway car, where a Black woman is reading Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1982), to an outdoor drum circle, where elders are dressed in white. The artist’s character operates as a witness, an ancestral spirit accompanying the Black and mortal as