How art is being used to explore America's shameful legacy of lynching

By Anna Furman

A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum examines the history of racial persecution in the US while steering clear of explicit violence

In eerie, welded sculptures, tar-coated gold panels and a menacing piano affixed to a tree, a set of black American artists explore the history of racially motivated violence in the US in a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America – now on view – traces the connective links between slavery, segregation and mass incarceration.

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