This exhibit is showing 16 April–19 June 2016 at the Frye Art Museum

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Kahlil Joseph Wildcat

Kahlil Joseph. Still from Wildcat (Aunt Janet), 2016. Three-channel film work with audio. Courtesy of The Underground Museum.

Young Blood is an examination of the dynamic creative equilibrium between two brothers. It is a celebration of common DNA, individual and collaborative brilliance, and Black culture. There’s something poetic about the first large-scale exhibition of Noah and Kahlil’s work occurring at the Frye Art Museum, across the street from O’Dea, where we all went to school. It adds an additional layer to this visceral, emotive, sensory experience. Our acknowledgement of these two contemporary masters is a balancing act. It is another step towards changing the narrative about how Seattle nurtures and recognizes brilliance within its midst. Young Blood is a homecoming and a beacon. Anyone who seeks beauty and authenticity should spend time with this work.

Noah Davis Man with Shotgun

Noah Davis. Man with Shotgun and Alien, 2008. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 54 × 42 in. Collection of Lynn and Craig Jacobson. © The Estate of Noah Davis. Photo: Mark Woods