In his 33 year career as a photojournalist with The Cincinnati Post, Melvin Grier often found himself in places where he was the only black person in the room. Because of this access, he has accumulated a body of work that looks at the majority through a minority’s eyes. “Through the years we have seen various studies of black people done by white people but to my knowledge never the reverse” Grier reflects.
Curated by Jymi Bolden, White People will present more than 60 images covering three decades. The photographs will not only depict the photographer’s immersion into the world of the majority but also some of its more interesting characters.
As an appendage to Grier’s photographs, the exhibit will also include a suite a written reflections—“Ghosts in the Machine: 3 Ways of Looking at (and Living with) White People”—by writer and teacher Kathy Y. Wilson. Wilson is perhaps best known to Cincinnatians for her often incendiary CityBeat column “Your Negro Tour Guide” and for her NPR commentaries on “All Things Considered”.
Exhibition sponsors are Tom Schiff and the Scripps Howard Foundation.
White People will be on display in the Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s gallery from April 30 to June 11, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 6 to 8 pm.
Melvin Grier will present a gallery talk on Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 pm. A panel discussion: “I See You, Too: The Politics of Seeing” will be held on Friday, June 3 from 7 to 9pm featuring artist Cedric Michael Cox, artist Joyce Young, writer/photographer Joe Wessels, and writer Kathy Y. Wilson. The panel will be moderated by Miles P. Grier, postdoctoral fellow at Duke University. Both events are free.