Alim Smith's Surreal Paintings Pay Homage To Black Icons And Memes

Last November, I curated an art show at the Oakland Museum of California that exclusively featured memes. Beyond the subversive pleasure of seeing a chronological study of the Arthur fist meme at an art museum, what that drove me to do this work was a commitment to crediting and recognizing the creative products of young people, usually black teens, who are at the magnetic center of culture-making online (and offline as well).