Antonio McAfee’s latest show reinterpreting African-American portraiture opens in Station North


Image via Facebook, courtesy of Antonio McAfee/ICA Gallery

It was 118 years ago that black sociological pioneers W.E.B. DuBois and Thomas Calloway presented a new face for the African-American to the world, showcasing a series of studio portraits of the black middle class from Georgia at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. In the 21st century, local photographer Antonio McAfee is putting a new face on their time-honored work here in Baltimore through a series of transformations—first through colored holograms, and now through abstract collage.

McAfee’s latest exhibition, “Theme and Variation,” takes a series of those historic, dignified likenesses and morphs them, reshaping their faces and bodies as a form of reinterpretation. It’s part of a series of shows—others including “Through…

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