• Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    May 26–August 5, 2007

    Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver

    While the title of this exhibition vaunts a media-based theme, it also puns on the show’s other focus. All of the sixteen artists and virtually all members of the collectives represented herein are black, and some of the eighteen works overtly engage with blackness. Cassel Oliver presents an untold history of sound and light art by black artists that is anchored by 1960s figures Tom Lloyd and former Fluxus member Benjamin Patterson and includes younger artists like Sanford Biggers and Nadine Robinson. By zeroing in on media, the curator also subverts essentialist notions of “black art” as a category in and of itself. The catalogue features essays by Cassel Oliver, the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Romi Crawford, and musician and writer Greg Tate.