“THE OLD WEIRD AMERICA: FOLK THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY ART”

A CAMH exhibition unearths this country’s strangeness

By Kelly Klaasmeyer

Published on June 26, 2008

America is a weird place, all the more so because most Americans think our country is completely normal. (All those other countries are the weird ones.) Toby Kamps knows we’re strange. Senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, he organized the show “The Old Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art.” The exhibition brings together art that takes apart our country’s self-constructed mythologies and Disney-fied versions of history. The works in the show sniff out the weirdness we’ve tried to culturally deodorize. 

 

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4 responses to ““THE OLD WEIRD AMERICA: FOLK THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY ART”

  1. u mean thanks stealing
    great post

  2. Whenever you hear a negro rapper talking about thug supremacy including other males performing fellatio on his hero this is a direct descendant of slave culture…

    The great Toni Morrison in Beloved recounts Paul D.’s sexual abuse by white prison guards…

    Look for Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition and search for the “slave ship cabin boy”…

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  3. Interesting! One must also “stretch” their imaginings around the idea that there were black men and boys having sex with EACH OTHER – forcibly and WILLINGLY both in the slave era as well as in Jim Crow. And if that’s hard for some to imagine, I guess the idea of something approaching love is out of the question.

    • Ann

      “One must also “stretch” their imaginings around the idea that there were black men and boys having sex with EACH OTHER – forcibly and WILLINGLY both in the slave era as well as in Jim Crow.”

      Heterosexism will do that to many people’s image of two males having sex with each other.

      On the issue of “forcibly and WILLINGLY”. . . .it is possible that there may have been some consensual sex between both BM/boys as well as WM/BM men and boys.

      Some. . . .consensual sex. Then, it depends on what consensual means to many people.

      What would also be inconceivable in many people’s minds would be the White slave mistress having sex with the enslaved Black women and girls.

      I find that image harder to fathom than the ones of men/boys having sex with each other.

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