In 2012, the Question Bridge: Black Males project originated to provide a platform for an authentic exchange about life in America for black men, revealing the rarely seen diversity of thought, character, and identity in the black male population too often described by the media in reductive ways. Question Bridge evolved from artist Chris Johnson’s 1996 video engagement of different generations of African-American men in San Diego to the expanded version exhibited as an art installation with the participation of Hank Willis Thomas. Further collaboration expanded the project which includes more than 1,600 questions and answers recorded on video from more than 160 men in nine American cities achieved with artists Kamal Sinclair and Bayete Ross Smith. As an art installation that changes with each venue, it provides a critical ground for community engagement, that is never more crucial than today, and is a major component in the Museum’s presentation.
Question Bridge: Black Males was created by Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair. The Executive Producers are Delroy Lindo, Deborah Willis, and Jesse Williams.
This exhibition at the Norton is made possible with support from The Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art and The Dr. Henry and Lois Foster Endowment for the Exhibition of Contemporary Art.