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Titus Kaphar Presents "The Vesper Project" at the Lowe Art Museum



Sep 08 2016 - Dec 23 2016


LOCATION

Lowe Art Museum
University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL

Discipline

Visual Arts

Opening Reception:

Sep 08 2016

The Vesper Project is the culmination of Titus Kaphar's intensive engagement with the fictional history of the Vespers, a 19th-century New England family who were able to "pass" as Caucasian despite the fact that their mixed racial heritage made them black in the eyes of the law. The resulting project, which features the remains of an abandoned Connecticut home into which the artist has incorporated his own work, interrogates notions of race, identity, memory, and social constructs. Through slashing, silhouetting, and whitewashing, Kaphar creates a complex map that compresses time and elides personal histories. The artist's most ambitious installation to date, The Vesper Project obliterates the distance between viewer and work, and is as immersive as it is experiential.

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