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Jon Henry, Stranger Fruit

Jon Henry

Stranger Fruit

California Museum of Photography

September 23, 2023 to February 11, 2024

Stranger Fruit is a prayer, a protest, a silent commemoration, a call to action. Artist Jon Henry was haunted by the 2006 shooting of 23-year-old Sean Bell, one among scores of Black lives lost to police violence. The photographer’s response became a country-spanning set of modern American Pietàs—Black mothers cradling their sons. The mothers feel the weight of their sons, we feel the weight of love, of violence, of history.

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Panel at Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 5:30-8pm
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Fall Reception
Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 6-8pm
6pm – Artist’s talk with Jon Henry
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Jon Henry, Stranger Fruit is curated by Douglas McCulloh, Senior Curator and Interim Executive Director. Programs at UCR ARTS are supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) at UCR, and the City of Riverside.

Image: Jon Henry, Untitled #42, Central Los Angeles, CA. 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.