Michael Richards

Early Installation Work

The years 1990–1993 were a formative period of conceptual and formal development for Michael Richards. Starting in 1990, while still pursuing a masters degree at New York University, Richards began to build the foundations of his artistic practice and visual vocabulary that would evolve over the following decade. During this time, Richards created room-sized, site-specific installations contending directly with the historic and ongoing consequences of anti-Blackness made manifest in the context of slavery and its afterlives, the lynching of enslaved Africans and African Americans, and the racial violence of blackface minstrel performance.

While these artworks no longer exist, installation images along this wall provide an opportunity to view Richards’ early artistic vision.