Library of Black Lies

Last Updated on April 9, 2021

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Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

Saturday, February 4 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Wednesday – Sunday
11am – 7pm

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Edgar Arceneaux, Library of Black Lies, 2016, courtesy of The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art, photo by Elon Schoenholz.

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In Library of Black Lies, shown for the first time on the West Coast at Beta Main, Edgar Arceneaux challenges the narrative of American progress, and in particular, African American progress through the selection, placement, and modification of books in a library of his own invention. Via this timely work, made last year, when fake news became “real” news and the content of real news was interrogated, the artist presses for a closer look not only at what is patently true or false, but at the more complicated stories about our past that lead us to where we are now.

MAR 15, 2017 8:00PM – 9:30PM Black Lies & Fake News

Join artist Edgar Arceneaux and professor Mark C. Marino, director of the University of Southern California’s Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab, for a discussion of new media’s role in the current transmission of fake news.MAR 9, 2017 12:00PM – 1:00PM Artist Walk-through: Edgar Arceneaux