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Paper or Plastic?

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Paper or Plastic? Installation view, 2009 Mixed Media Drawings, Sculpture, Installation Various © Nathaniel Donnett
Paper or Plastic?

4912 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
August 26th, 2009 - September 21st, 2009
Opening: August 26th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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dnance@lawndaleartcenter.org
PHONE:  
713.528.5858
OPEN HOURS:  
M-F 10-5; S 12-5
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Lawndale Art Center
TAGS:  
nathaniel, donnett, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, pop, sculpture
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Free

DESCRIPTION

Plastic or Paper series references the historic brown paper
bag test that was used to separate darker and lighter skinned African Americans, thus creating a sense of division, neglect, ostracism and envy. This series explores its history and the effect of the test, the social residue, and its impact in contemporary society. A hierarchy was created within the African American community with issues of hair texture, skin tone, and the acceptance or rejection of African features as it relates to beauty. This work is also a metaphor that uses art as a healing agent by analyzing and confronting personal baggage.