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Exhibit highlights racial baggage behind “paper bag tests”

  By DOUGLAS BRITT Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle Sept. 3, 2009, 6:30PM The title of Nathaniel Donnett's exhibition at the Lawndale Art Center — Paper or Plastic? — is a question commonly heard in grocery-store lines. But while Donnett draws on brown paper sacks, the plastic he collages into the larger works comes from black garbage bags. The interplay between the two isn't just formal. It mirrors tensions between light- and dark-skinned people of African descent, and Donnett's use of the paper sacks, in particular, references the “brown paper bag test” once used to determine access to... [more]
Posted by Nathaniel Donnett on 9/21/09