Museum Features Remake of Michael Brown Crime Scene

A new art exhibit that features a replica of the scene following the shooting of Michael Brown has opened in Chicago’s Gallery Guichard.

The display shows a life-size remake of the 18-year-old surrounded by crime tape as he lay face down on the ground after being shot by former Ferguson, Mo. policeman Darren Wilson.

It also includes a Black Statue of Liberty, a noose dangling from a neon sign and a plaque that says, “I can’t breath,” which were some of the last words of Eric Garner, a Black man killed by a New York officer after being placed in an illegal chokehold.

The piece is titled “Confronting Truths: Wake Up!” and was created by a New Orleans-based White artist named Ti-Rock Moore.


Known for creating pieces with strong racial messages, such as gentrification, white privilege and socioeconomic inequality, this isn’t the first time the 55-year-old has designed a project centering around Michael Brown. She previously built “Black Angle,” a black upside-down American flag with wings containing a picture of the slain teen in the middle.

Her latest work, however, has caused quite a stir. While some appreciate the notion, others have called it “distasteful.”

Moore wrote, “My work is conceptual and reactive, and has been described as courageous and avant-garde. Honestly and frankly I explore white privilege through my acute awareness of the unearned advantage my white skin holds.”

The free exhibit is open now until Aug. 10, a day after the one-year anniversary of Brown’s death.

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