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Powerful Dialogue

David McGee explores race through art and objects

George Dawe's painting is masterful, but his faceless 
"Negro" has no name.
The Menil Collection
George Dawe's painting is masterful, but his faceless "Negro" has no name.

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Through April 17
The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, 713-525-9400

There's also a bust of famed 20th-century Renaissance man Paul Robeson, which McGee placed opposite a carved wooden head of Nat Turner, with bulging glass eyes and rope marks around his neck. Nearby, a formal, stuffy 18th-century portrait hangs on the same wall with a receipt from a slave auction for a man, woman and sorrel horse ($700, $333 and $40, respectively.) McGee uses these cultural and artistic artifacts to create a complex, disturbing and provocative exploration of race.

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