Underground Railroad sites exposed through lens of Chicago photographer Dawoud Bey in haunting new Art Institute exhibit

Jan. 29, 2019

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The photograph shown (Untitled #1 Picket Fence and Farmhouse) from “Night Coming Tenderly, Black,” Dawoud Bey’s new exhibition at the Art Institute, doesn’t look like this in the Modern Wing gallery where it hangs.

“If you used that original picture and tried to share it, it just looks like a black rectangle,” said Matthew Witkovsky, curator and chair of the photography department. “Those files made to be shared with the press were made a bit lighter than the prints are. It had to be.”