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David McGee explores race through art and objects

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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