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On July 17, 2014, the audience at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond was treated to a lively discussion between Sonya Clark and Robert Pruitt, artists represented in the Identity Shifts: Works from VMFA (April 26- July 27, 2014). The conversation was moderated by Sarah Eckhardt, the VMFA curator who organized the show. The two artists' collective works confront a broad swath of history, science and contemporary culture in provocative ways that reveal their intellectual and emotional preoccupations. Biology and science fiction; African material culture and comics , for example, are a part of the mix. However much of their conversation on this evening centered on that most ideologically entangled part of the human body:hair. Prior to their sit-down discussion, the artists gave 15-minute presentations about their autobiographical roots, the …
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