"Wounding the Black Male," an exhibition now on view in CEPA Gallery (617 Main St.), takes a hard look at the ways black men's bodies have been represented and sometimes exploited in Western visual culture. The show, co-curated by Cassandra Jackson and Sarah Cunningham of the College of New Jersey, grew out of Jackson's 2010 book "Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body," which considered artists' attempts to explore the issues the book's title includes.
The show features photographs by 19 artists of African descent, most of whom live and work in the United States. "These artists confront stereotypes about black male appearance, sexuality, violence and family, and highlight the ways that visual culture has contributed to the marginalization and exclusion of the black community," according to a statement.
Also on view in CEPA is "New Works #15," a collection of photographs from the fellowship program En Foco, an organization that highlights work by photographers of Latino, African, Asian and Native American and Pacific heritage.
Both shows are on view through Aug. 25. For more information, visit www.cepagallery.org or call 856-2717.
-- Colin Dabkowski