“I guess you could say my life could be spoken as my life before that photograph, and my life after. It just really shook me to the core.” —Dawoud Bey
Despite the fact that this is getting to be a discouragingly long series, we are continuing today with Great Art You Can’t See Right Now Because of the Chuckleheads In Washington. At the National Gallery of Art is Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, a searing tribute to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of this tragedy, the exhibition, which opened September 12, 2018, focuses on how Bey visualizes the past through the lens of the present, pushing the boundaries of portraiture and engaging ongoing national issues of racism, violence against African Americans, and terrorism in churches. As part of the exhibition, the National Gallery released this interview with Bey. The exhibition will run through March 24, 2019, once it is opened again.