This weekend, after a 2 hour hike with 40lb backpacks to start training for our 3 day half-dome climb in September, my fiance and I went to the Oakland museum and experienced a brilliant art exhibit called Question Bridge. It’s a darkenedÂ room with comfortable cushion seats and multiple screens mounted on the wall where individuals ask and answer questions. The questions were from black men, posed to other black men. They were though provoking, funny and pointed. There were questions such as, “If you woke up tomorrow and all white people where gone, who would you be then?”
Question Bridge: Black Males is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this “demographic” bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.
via Question Bridge.
January 21, 2012 – July 8, 2012
Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative video installation created by Chris Johnson and artists Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with BayetÃ© Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair after traveling around the country interviewing 150 Black men in eleven cities. They created 1,500 videos of conversations with men representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational levels. They then wove the conversations together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness dialogue, allowing important themes and issues to emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society. The project will be on view simultaneously at OMCA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Castain Art Center in Atlanta, and Salt Lake City Arts Center.
via Oakland Museum
Your time to catch Question Bridge in Oakland is running out.Â It will be there only until July 8th. We only saw about 1 hour of what I think is a 3 hour experience. You can leave to view the other art and return any time. There were two Question Bridge rooms and both were full all the way up until the museum closed. Some audience members provided their own quick answer and reactions to the questions.
We are both white people living in predominantly white neighborhoods, but for anyone and everyone, hearing and understanding theÂ diversity of views and concerns within the one particular group “black males” is relevant and eye-opening.