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Exchange: Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry

Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry
March 3 through May 15, 2018
Opening Reception: March 3 from 7-10pm
Exchange  quietly refers to the “One Drop Rule” in which a person with as little as one drop of black blood in their heritage was considered “colored.” The nineteenth-century law, originally instated as a means to increase the slave population in the United States, directly lead to laws prohibiting miscegenation. Through the action of ritual blood transfer and the merging of historical sound: slave testimony, police footsteps charging “Freedom Summer” marchers and politicians denying the existence of murdered civil rights workers, McCullum and Tarry navigate ideas of blood as taint and stain, as an agent of healing, as pact and purity, Eucharist and memory.


Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry worked collaboratively from 1998 through 2012, with works exhibited globally.  They sought to surface and discuss issues revolving around marginalized members of society. The work, which moves fluidly between large-scale public projects, performative sculpture, painting, photography, video, and self-portraiture, challenges audiences to face issues of race and social justice in communities, history, and the family. Embedded within their work, whether it is of a historical, personal, or civic-based nature, is an ability to address the complicated and layered issues of race and power as a mixed-race artist collaborative.
A review of Exchange by Art and Cake writer Evan Sen can be found here.