RED SUMMER - The accompanying 125 page book features images from her solo exhibition of the same name, and an essay by Arlene Keizer.
RED SUMMER - a look at, and away from, America’s deadliest year of interracial violence through a re-rendering of forty-seven objects from that year in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Foley Gallery is pleased to present Red Summer, Casey Ruble’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Completed as part of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the exhibition looks at the bloody year of 1919 on its centennial anniversary.
1919 marked the deadliest period of white-on-black violence in U.S. history, with over thirty race riots — most started by white mobs — breaking out across the nation.. The bloodshed led civil-rights activist James Weldon Johnson to dub the period the “Red Summer.” 1919 was also when the Smithsonian Institution began planning its National Portrait Gallery, whose mission has been to “acquire and display portraits of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.” Yet all of the subjects in the museum’s works from 1919 are white, and the few with any connection to the racial tensions of the time came down on the wrong side of that history.