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Dawoud Bey – Night Coming Tenderly, Black

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The Art Institute of Chicago presents the newest work of photographer Dawoud Bey (American, born 1953). In this exhibition, the veteran photographer shifts his focus from the portrait and the human subject to a landscape that holds the memory of fugitive pathways. The series of 25 large-scale photographs depicts homes and grassy or wooded grounds that are said to have formed part of the Underground Railroad — the invisible network of routes and safe houses through which perhaps 100,000 or more enslaved African Americans found passage to freedom. Bey took these photographs around Hudson and Cleveland, Ohio, a final way station for those escaping to Canada. […]

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