Houston

Edgar Arcenaux, Failed Attempt at Crystallization, 2002, glass case, sugar, crystals, wood, mirror, and textbook, 55 3/4 x 18 x 20". From “Double Consciousness.”

Edgar Arcenaux, Failed Attempt at Crystallization, 2002, glass case, sugar, crystals, wood, mirror, and textbook, 55 3/4 x 18 x 20". From “Double Consciousness.”

Houston

Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
January 22–April 17, 2005

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver

In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois described the African-American experience as one of “double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others.” A century later, his term continues to resonate, and CAM curator Valerie Cassel Oliver has appropriated its connotations of invisibility and displacement as means to reevaluate conceptual strategies taken up by African-American artists over the past three decades. This exhibition of some thirty artists—Renée Greene, Senga Nengudi, Adrian Piper, and Nari Ward among them—explores the ways Conceptualism has been recast to reflect and subvert deep-set social inequities.