Mammy selling syrup. "Coons" on cookie jars. Slave auction certificates. Restaurant signs that read "If You're Black Get Back." The relics are a stark reminder of the past status of an entire racial group of Americans. And now, they're at the Menil Collection for all to reflect on, thanks to a new exhibit, "Deep Wells and Reflecting Pools." The extensive, rarely seen collection of black images and Americana came from a 1960s Menil-commissioned research project that went unfinished. Appalled by the virulent racism depicted in the found objects, the museum turned to local artist David McGee, who combed through the artifacts and chose pieces for the exhibit that would strike a nerve. "It's hard-core to see ourselves depicted with all this hatred and all these stereotypes," says McGee, "because we... More >>>