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Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence

March 18 - October 15

Kehinde Wiley An Archaeology of Silence

American artist Kehinde Wiley’s new body of paintings and sculptures confronts the silence surrounding systemic violence against Black and Brown people through the visual language of the fallen figure. It expands on his 2008 series, Down — a group of large-scale portraits of young Black men inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Dead Christ in the Tomb (1521–1522). Wiley investigates the iconography of death and sacrifice in Western art, tracing it across religious, mythological, and historical subjects. In An Archaeology of Silence, the senseless deaths of men and women around the world are transformed into a powerful elegy of resistance. The resulting paintings of figures struck down, wounded, or dead, referencing iconic paintings of mythical heroes, martyrs, and saints, offer a haunting meditation on the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism.

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March 18
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October 15
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de Young Museum
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de Young – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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