Race in America
The 400 Year Struggle
For Equality

In the course of history, artists have taken on societal causes as subject matter. Photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Garry Winogrand and artists including Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya, Andy Warhol, Leon Golub, Kerry James Marshal, Glenn Ligon and many more have used their art to provide a sympathetic voice to human injustice.

Red Morgan, a highly recognized and awarded journalistic photographer has been photographing African Americans for more than 40 years. For the past three years, Mark Cohen has been creating large scale paintings that document the outrage of African Americans caught up in the deprivation of basic human rights and dignity. The question that their work seems to engender is "Why are two older white men doing this?" The answer is the time is right for artists of all colors to use their work to promote a discussion about social injustice in America.

The photographs in this exhibition represent an entirely different universe from the paintings, and yet juxtaposed they portray a simpler, kinder life where aging and poverty take their toll rather than violence. There is a certain but differing dignity attached to both the photographs and the paintings. The paintings cover primarily urban life while the photographs focus more on rural themes. The paintings are timely while the photographs are timeless. The photographs capture the exuberance and purity of life while the paintings express the haunting, lingering specter of death.