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Show Me Your Shelves!
Tay Butler: Connecting to the Past via Fiction

December 2019

Show Me Your Shelves! was a two-city exhibition featuring Black artists from Germany and the US. First in Detroit and then in Houston, the show brought together artists reflecting on common structures and experiences between German Afro-diasporic cultures and African American perspectives, as well as the differences. Tay Butler is a Houston-based multidisciplinary artist whose work is committed to in-depth studies of Black history and its discontinuities. C& spoke to Butler about his fascination for libraries and archives, his usage of collage to discuss history, and how moving from Milwaukee to Houston introduced him to a new form of Black experience and thinking.