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Jonathan Calm

is a visual artist, represented by Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, and an assistant professor in Photography at Stanford University. In his recent work, based on an ongoing research project into The Negro Motorist Green Book, Calm has focused his critical eye on American car culture, exposing how the mythical promise of boundless travel masks a more compromising reality of automobility for African Americans.

Ride or Die

I have spent more time driving a car over the past three years than in decades prior, due to my move cross country from New York and Boston to the California Bay Area. Since then, I have been wondering how this practical shift in my mobility has also led to a more profound change of pace and purpose in the way I perceive and navigate the different worlds I move through as an educator and artist.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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