THE TELLING AND THE TOLD DAVID McGEE – WORKS ON PAPER-Houston Museum of African American Culture Nov 4-2017-Jan 12-2018
The Telling and the Told: David McGee – Works on Paper
Curated by Benito Huerta
HMAAC is delighted to originate “The Telling and The Told,” a solo exhibition of the works on paper by David McGee, curated by Benito Huerta. Well-known for his narrative paintings since the 1990s, this will be the first representation of McGee’s work at HMAAC. The survey underscores the depth of McGee’s love for poetry; his image to the history of painting; while it also journeys into his perpetual investigation of topics that have fascinated him boyhood-imagery, politics, race, class, pop culture, and their intersections.
McGee’s thought-provoking paintings seek to upend the surface, image-obsessed world we inhabit to arrive at a greater, underlying truth. “If it looks like a duck and swims like a duck–it’s a duck,” he says. “But suppose we change the symmetry of its environment, perhaps substitute [a] quack for a bark and all other possibilities while maintaining its appearance. Then what?” McGee is known to incite, confuse or arrest his audiences; expect no less from him in this exhibition.
The works in this exhibition represent McGee’s work of the last couple of decades, investigating issues of stereotyping by employing references drawn from literature, music, and the history of European art.