Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence Audio Tour

Duration : 28 minutes, 10 seconds

Painting by Kehinde Wiley of a man holding his hands to chest

Kehinde Wiley, Christian Martyr Tarcisius (El Hadji Malick Gueye) (detail), 2022. Oil on canvas, 72 5/8 x 107 3/4 in. (184.5 x 273.7 cm). © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of Galerie Templon, Paris. Photo: Ugo Carmeni

Listen to an audio tour featuring Kehinde Wiley and local activists.

Hear Kehinde Wiley speak about his haunting meditation on the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism. This free audio tour of Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence features Wiley and local activists, including Oakland-based educator and activist Hodari Davis and Reverend Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant.

This audio tour is made possible by the generous support of To access the audio tour at the de Young museum, please visit the ticketing desk for a headset or bring your own device and scan the QR code in the galleries.

Frances Homan Jue

Sound designer
Dennis Hysom

Narrator: Abram Jackson, director of interpretation, FAMSF
Welcome: Tom Campbell, director, FAMSF

Claudia Schmuckli, curator, FAMSF
Kehinde Wiley, artist
Rev. Wanda Johnson, founder, Oscar Grant Foundation
Hodari Davis, chief innovation officer, Edutainment for Equity

Stop list 

  • 130 Introduction
  • 131 Dying Gaul, Roman 1st Century, 2022, bronze 
  • 132 Sleep, 2022, painting 
  • 133 Femme piquée par un serpent (Mamadou Gueye), 2022, painting 
  • 134 Young Tarentine II (Ndeye Fatou Mbaye), 2022, painting 
  • 135 Christian Martyr Tarcisius (El Hadji Malick Gueye), 2022, painting 
  • 136 The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb (Babacar Mané), 2022, bronze 
  • 137 Young Tarantine (Mamadou Gueye), 2022, bronze 
  • 138 The Virgin Martyr Cecilia (Ndey Buri), 2022, painting 
  • 139 The Death of Hyacinth (Ndey Buri Mboup), 2022, painting 
  • 140 Youth Mourning, 2022, bronze 
  • 141 An Archaeology of Silence, 2022, bronze 

Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence is on view at the de Young from March 18 through October 15, 2023.

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