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  • View of “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse,” 2021–22. Photo: Sean Flemming.

    View of “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse,” 2021–22. Photo: Sean Flemming.

    “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse”

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

    “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse,” a sprawling survey that features the work of ninety artists, investigates what the exhibition’s curator, Valerie Cassel Oliver, calls the “philosophical landscape” of the Black American South through an intergenerational roster of figures working across art, music, and various other forms. The show debuted at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond before arriving in Houston (its current iteration was coordinated by the Contemporary Arts Museum’s Patricia Restrepo) and is organized under three themes, indicated

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