Lonnie Holley: If You Really Knew
May 10, 2023 - October 1, 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art:
770 NE 125 Street,
North Miami, FL 33161

The self-taught artist’s latest show is a retrospective of 70 works of sculpture, quilt paintings, and works on paper. Highlights include Without Skin, a sculpture that takes firehoses, which were famously weaponized against peaceful protesters during the Civil Rights Movement, and renders them inert while still preserving a menacing subtext. Nearby, The Water This Time prominently features a cross as both a symbol of the importance of the church as a gathering place during the Civil Rights Movement, and the intimidation tactic used by the Ku Klux Klan. The breadth of Holley’s fine art practice is rooted in sandstone-like carved sculptures and the transformation of salvaged materials and even garbage to tell a story of Black identity and rebirth. 

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