History Grabs the Headlines, But the Quiet Authority of the Art Gallery in the New Smithsonian Museum Speaks Volumes

By Roger Catlin for the Smithsonian Magazine on September 28, 2016

In the visual arts exhibition the tone and the ambience suddenly shift

Several prominent African-American artists are represented in the exhibition...Lorna Simpson is represented by an untitled 1989 silver print also known as A lie is not a shelter, one of several aphorisms printed on a T-shirt around some folded black arms...

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Image Credit:
Lorna Simpson, Untitled (a lie is not a shelter) detail, 1989.
black and white silver gelatin print
Image is courtesy of Artist Lorna Simpson.

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