Friday, February 6, 2015

An alternative to that 'Vulture' list of Detroit artists

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:22 AM

click to enlarge Tylonn J. Sawyer puts the finishing touches on a mural dedicated to Detroit Lions player Reggie Bush late last year. - ANDREW ERDMANS
  • Andrew Erdmans
  • Tylonn J. Sawyer puts the finishing touches on a mural dedicated to Detroit Lions player Reggie Bush late last year.

Last month, New York Magazine's Vulture caught flack for perpetuating the media's nasty habit of whitewashing its coverage of Detroit. Titled "Is Soho in the ’70s Just a Two-Hour Flight Away? 9 Artists on Why They Live in Detroit," the article briefly discussed the city's racial dynamics — and then proceeded to fail to include even one black artist in its list.

Vulture later amended the article with an apology. But in response, Arts.Black editor Taylor Renee Aldridge drew up a list of her own, which she's shared with us. "The problem is, from the outside looking in via media primarily, it would be very easy for one to believe that there are no artists of color in Detroit worthy of mention," she writes of her list, which features artists like Senghor Reid, Rashaun Rucker, and Tylonn J. Sawyer. 

Read Aldridge's full list here

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