Meet the collector of the exhibition BLACKOUT: Through the Veiled Eyes of Others: Racist Memorabilia from the Collection of William Berry, Jr.
Berry's collection highlights how ordinary household artifacts have distorted how generations of Americans view people of African descent as somehow less than human. Mainstream media may refer to a post-racial 21st century America, but stereotypes and distortions of Black people persist nonetheless.
This exhibition invites viewers to confront how everyday objects support and perpetuate racism.
A retired higher education administrator, Berry currently publishes the online literary journal, aaduna. He has researched and reflected on the variations of racial thinking since the 1960s, and started to collect "differing" images of Black identity in the early 1970s.
Funded project of the New York Council for the Humanities. The mission of the New York Council for the Humanities is to provide leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.
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