Portraits of grief

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents “Rudy Shepherd: Somebody’s Child,” featuring 25 watercolors from his ongoing “Portraits” series on people of color who are victims of racist violence, often by the police. The show includes Shepherd’s portraits of Ahmaud Arbery, shot and killed by two white men while jogging in his neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, Feb. 23; Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician shot eight times by Louisville Police, who entered her apartment without knocking, on March 13; George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground for more than eight minutes by a police officer’s knee on his neck, May 25; and Michael Brown, shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, 2014.

Also on view in the museum’s studio is video documentation of Shepherd’s 2016 live performance, “Induction Ceremony,” in which Shepherd, who works in Yonkers, plays a healing figure. The museum will be producing a poster on the occasion of this exhibit, with 100% of the proceeds going to Color of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization.

For more, visit aldrichart.org.

Georgette Gouveia

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