Onyx Odyssey provides a review of Jefferson Pinder’s work between 2008-2015 in a solo exhibition by the same name, which was on view at Hyde Park Art Center. Pinder explores the psychological or physical substances that unite or determine the strength of a race, with the goal of creating a variety of experiences that force Americans to think critically about our highly polarized society. The publication includes an introduction by photographer and educator Dawoud Bey; an in-depth essay by art historian Amy Mooney on the significance of W.E.B. Du Bois’s writings as the inspiration behind much of the work in Pinder’s work; an essay on Black identity and the void as a space of promise explored through Pinder’s work by the curator of the exhibition Allison Peters Quinn; and an introduction to the exhibition by Kate Lorenz, former Executive Director of the Art Center. The catalog also includes a complete checklist and color images of the works in the show.
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