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Learn Abut the Harlem Riot Through Art

Born in 1960, the American artist, Glenn Ligon, is best known for his stencilled text paintings that address issues of race, gender, and language. For his UK debut, however, Ligon is showcasing a series of new works that is a little different.

Call and Response is on display at the Camden Arts Centre until the 11th January, and features large paintings, neon signs, and video footage.

The paintings are inspired by a taped speech by the minimalist composer Steve Reich in 1966. Titled Come Out, it drew on the 'Harlem Six' case, in which six black men were arrested for murder during the Harlem Riots. His neon installations are text works that describe the police beatings the Harlem Six suffered.

Finally, his multi-screen video work showcases footage of the comedian, Richard Pryor's, during a 1982 stand-up performance. Through various editing methods, Ligon emphasises Pryor's emphatic body language, movement, and expressions.

Call and Response includes related events including:

Exhibition Talk: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
2nd November

Reading Group
19th November

Panel Discussion: Blackness - Ghosts of Past, Present and Future
10th January 2015

Exhibition Talk: Sophie Williamson
11th January
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 11th Jan
Phone: 020 7472 5500
Where: Camden Arts Centre
Cost: Free
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