Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Paul Rucker is taking back the racist symbols of America's Christian past

By Katherine Brooks
Symbols of the Christian extremist group known as the Ku Klux Klan have been recontextualized by artist Paul Rucker
MARYLAND—Step inside the Baltimore Museum of Art this fall and you could find yourself face-to-face with a crowd of seven-foot mannequins dressed head to toe in Ku Klux Klan robes. Of course, they are not your average white hoods. The robes are made from patterns like Kente cloth and camouflage fabric, turning the ghost-like memory of a KKK uniform into a chilling, anachronistic image. For Rucker, the ultimate goal of "Rewind" is to "create a starting point for an informed discussion," one that connects our past to our present. Specifically, one that connects the current reality of incarceration with the former practice of slavery. [link]

Baltimore Art Museum: "Baker Artist Awards" (Ends November 15, 2015); 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD; (443) 573-1700;