Detail from the "Middle Passage Mural"
Four hundred and one black and white drawings, tiled together to fill CA’s Main Gallery, comprise Joseph Norman’s epic telling of the Middle Passage, which delivered 10 million souls from Africa to the Americas between the 15th and 19th centuries. (opening reception 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24)
Joseph Norman draws on the fierce and visceral visual languages of German expressionism and late Picasso, while struggling with the sheer scale of his subject. "Some people liken this to Picasso's 'Guernica,'" he says. "But that was a single event [the Fascist bombing of a town during the Spanish Civil War]. This is the forced relocation of 14 million people over a period of 400 years. You can't address this subject with something small. You need a symphony."
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