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Dewey Crumpler: Crossings
April 6 - June 4
Opening Reception: April 2, 2PM – 4PM
Exhibition: April 6 – June 4
The first survey of Crumpler’s ‘shipping container’ work to be exhibited in the Bay Area, the exhibition will include over 120 works that ask us to consider the history, lived legacy, and future impact of the global shipping industry.
In this series of works, Crumpler problematizes human goods transported to build the “New World.” These ships contain and symbolize the ravages of racial capitalism, marking a history built from the very transport of enslaved Africans, who built the America—as idea and manifestation—we know today. In Crumpler’s collages we see that our entertainment, art, literature, and religion all traveled through that middle passage. And now, in new large-scale paintings, cargo ships bring us all the consumer goods which occupy our lives, tumbling into the ocean when they fail to make the voyage, or being carted off to more containers when they do. These goods, Crumpler says, are built upon the cargo of old – a presence forever felt on land, sea, and in the deepest reaches of space.