Apr 26, 2017-Aug 27, 2017

Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ & Iggy

Museum of the African Diaspora is pleased to present Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy.  Stemming from the archival images of Gray’s time as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer through the 1980s and his experience living and documenting rock & roll in Los Angeles, these works problematize images and demonstrate the ways in which we highlight and obfuscate black cultural roots in our collective social memory.

Gray’s practice is not only based on the creation of a photograph, but is also deeply invested in exposing the intentional choices inherent in the production of an image and how that might be a reflection of social conditions. Gray performs the implicit choices of inclusion and exclusion, by explicitly presenting his process in image making, using found local thrift store frames and collaging images upon faces. This exhibition seeks to question notions of image making, the act of viewing, and the complicated engagement between image and viewer.