DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance by Dr. Fahamu Pecou explores the intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against black male bodies in the US. Pecou positions these bodies within Ifá, a diasporic religion of the Yoruba of southwest Nigeria; here, where spirits are infinite, a healing alternative exists for slain black men—Martin, Medgar, Emmitt, Trayvon, and Michael among them—and their communities. Centered around his Egungun mask, Pecou uses paintings, drawing, photography, and video to depict the spirit’s journey, including its encounters with divinity and its invocation through the ceremonial Egungun dance.
This exhibition will be on view from January 19 through April 28, 2019.
Throughout his 20-plus career, artist Tom Hück’s often brash sociopolitical commentary has drawn from great satirical artists like Hogarth and Daumier. His technique, on the other hand, is inspired by the famed German woodcut artists of the Northern Renaissance, including Albrecht Dürer and Martin Schongauer. Rival Cuts: Process and Technique in Prints by Tom Hück and Albrecht Dürer, on view at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University from February 16 through June 9, 2019, brings a selection of Hück’s woodcuts together with works by Dürer, his printmaking hero.