Mark Bradford Goes to Church
Marquis D. Miller invites Mark Bradford to give a talk.
Marquis D. Miller: How could I forget Mark Bradford? You know, I had Mark Bradford come and do a talk at my church, which is something he's always liked to do is get involved with a community organization. And there were people that told me they actually joined the MCA as members because Mark Bradford came and gave this talk—and it wasn't more than maybe 30, 35 people at the talk. But it was the ability to expose people to someone who was, in their own mind, making work for them. And, I mean, for me the juxtaposition of his work and what Elaine Gurian was talking about in terms of "who does the museum belong to," I mean, that was really, really powerful. God, I could talk about that all day.
Interviewer: What was Mark's show like?
Marquis D. Miller: It was really about his use of found objects as well as how he drew from his personal experience. I never saw the show at Art Basel where he basically recreated his mother's beauty salon. But clearly it was so powerful and impactful for him that it informed a lot of what he did, both in terms of who he was and who he was trying to become. And the art he made for others to consume, almost like "I'm doing this for you as a part of who I am," which in some ways is like the ultimate giving. And people who give typically give not because of the other person, they give because it's what they want someone to have. And I think even on that level, the most powerful aspect of the museum has been its ability to give to people things that something they don't know they need.