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Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

On View
Saturday, February 4–Sunday, March 26, 2017
11 am–7 pm

In Library of Black Lies, shown for the first time on the West Coast at Beta Main, Edgar Arceneaux challenges the narrative of American progress, and in particular, African American progress through the selection, placement, and modification of books in a library of his own invention. Via this timely work, made last year, when fake news became “real” news and the content of real news was interrogated, the artist presses for a closer look not only at what is patently true or false, but at the more complicated stories about our past that lead us to where we are now.


Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972 in Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles. Arceneaux was the director of the Watts House Project from 1999-2012. Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and the Project, New York, among others. He has been included in group shows at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Orange County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunstmuseum Basel; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and many more.

Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
In collaboration with John K Chan of Formation Association.
Originally co-commissioned by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Earlier Event: November 29
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