2004 Artists

"Contemplation," Ronald Hall

“Contemplation,” Ronald Hall

What’s going on in this painting? Look closely at the image above, then tell us what you see. Later this month, the artist, Ronald Hall, will answer questions and reveal more about his thoughts behind the piece.

After looking closely at the painting, think about the following three questions:

  • What’s going on in this painting?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can you find?

Then, join — or start — the conversation by posting comments below. Check out what others are saying and respond or contribute your own ideas.

About the Artist: Ronald Hall was featured in the 2004 exhibition “Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race” and will also be featured in the upcoming exhibition “Under My Skin: Exploring Race in the 21st Century.”


By Mizu Sugimura

“Just Who Is Yellow?” is the title of a mixed-media collage that I made which appeared in the show “Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race” at the Wing Luke Museum in 2004. It was one of several originally made to address a particular member of the audience: my own family, and especially Mom.

Just Who Is Yellow? by Mizu Sugimura

Just Who Is Yellow? by Mizu Sugimura

You see, back in the day it was Mom and my own family who refused to be engaged about conversations about race! Oh yes. They did introduce my sibling and me to the concept — i.e. in this country there were primarily haku-jin (whites) and nihon-jin (us). Only years later I learned we actually needed to use a different word for half of that equation or “Nikkei,” which I use now.

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By damali ayo

“Are you black?”

My dark-skinned African American upstairs neighbor gave an evaluative look up and down at my light brown skin, long black dreadlocks, wide nose and full lips and spat out the all-too familiar question.

He was in the middle of tearing me to shreds for shining a laser beam into his apartment window.  I thought this would seem like a fuzzy cloud of red light, but instead it looked like a sniper was fixing a weapon on his forehead. He had every right to be angry. Read More