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Rashaun Rucker

Never Free To Rest

A graphite drawing of a black man's fist wearing a broken handcuff around his wrist with his forearm transforming into a pigeon with its wings outstretched

Thursday, September 30, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Open to the public
Free of charge
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Detroit artist Rashaun Rucker explores black male identity through American ornithology. In his hybrid portraits, he combines the images of black men with the anatomical features of rock pigeons, both cast aside and conditioned, unable to free themselves from their imposed fates or surroundings.

Rashaun Rucker was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and is a product of North Carolina Central University and Marygrove College. He makes photographs, prints and drawings and has won more than 40 national and state awards for his work. In 2008 Rucker became the first African American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2008 for documentary photography on the pit bull culture in Detroit. Rucker was a Maynard Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and a Hearst visiting professional in the journalism department at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. In 2014 Rucker was awarded an artist residency at the Red Bull House of Art. In 2016 Rucker was honored as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2017 Rucker created the original artwork for the critically acclaimed Detroit Free Press documentary 12 and Clairmount. His work was recently featured in HBO’s celebrated series Random Acts of Flyness and Native Son. In 2019 Rucker was awarded the Red Bull Arts Detroit micro grant and was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for his drawing practice. Rucker’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections. 

Rashaun Rucker’s work is on view at the Institute for the Humanities (Suite 1111, 202 S. Thayer St.) from September 13th through October 152021.

How to Watch

This Penny Stamps Speaker Series event will première on September 30, 2021 at 8pm and can be viewed on this page, at dptv​.org, or on the Penny Stamps Series Facebook page.

Presented in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities. Our Fall 2021 Series is brought to you with the support of our partners, Detroit Public Television and PBS Books.


Content Notice

In accordance with the University of Michigan’s Standard Practice Guidelines on Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series does not censor our speakers or their content. The content provided is intended for adult audiences and does not reflect the views of the University of Michigan or Detroit Public Television.