"Installing Saya Woolfalk’s ‘Chimera (from the Empathics series)’ of 2013" (submitted by ybca.org)
"I need to create a space that is overpowering."
Pepón Osorio, our current 100 Artists featured artist, is known for developing large-scale artworks that represent a specific experience he or someone has had. Seen here is Osorio’s installation of Scene of the Crime (Whose Crime?) (1993). The police tape in front of the entire piece shows that people are not allowed to enter. Osorio creates a scene in order to force the viewer to try and understand what occurred. The artist, in his 2001 Art21 segment, says of the work: “As you stand and you’re not allowed to come in, then you need to reflect. You need to confront yourself—almost as if I stand a mirror right in front of you.”
This scene is featured in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Place (2001).
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1 episode, Place, 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001.
Installation view of Body Language
Body Language explores the body and written or verbal expression. Comprised mostly of works from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how artists use language to evoke relationships to bodies, including those of viewers, using the human form to communicate ideas much as words might. Some of the artists investigate the language of nonverbal communication, while others inscribe, paint or gesture onto the page. Other works depict figures to purposefully elicit a “read”—how might audiences interpret a portrait differently than the artist’s (or author’s) intention? Body Language also illustrates the international scope of the Museum’s collection, with work by Deborah Grant, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Valerie Piraino, Malick Sidibé, Tavares Strachan, Barthélémy Toguo, among others.
Installation view of No Filter: Expanding the Walls 2013
No Filter, is borrowed from social media, where it is used to denote a striking photograph that is even more extraordinary—and exceptional—for not having been digitally altered. No Filter presents the students’ distinct and undiluted perspectives on family, race, gender and perceptions of beauty. The artists mediate entry into their homes, neighborhoods, peer groups and families, simultaneously documenting and commenting on their lives.
Installation of Robert Pruitt: Women which opens Thursday, July 18th!
Robert Pruitt: Women includes nearly twenty large-scale conté drawings of black women. Combining elements of science fiction, hip-hop culture and comic-book graphics, each figure is at once politically charged, physically grounded and fantastic—a blend of willful self-determination and culturally conditioned myth.
We <3 Caitlin!
One of her painting installations, The Federal Reserve Bank of New Yawk (2012) was featured in Fore, our Fall/Winter 2012–13 exhibition! Congrats Caitlin!
An exhibition featuring three related painting and sculpture installations created by Brooklyn artist Caitlin Cherry for the Brooklyn Museum is the latest in the continuing Raw/Cooked series of work by under-the-radar Brooklyn artists.
The exhibition, Hero Safe, will be on view June 7 through September 1, 2013.
Photo caption: Caitlin Cherry in her studio. Photo by Pierce Jackson (photo courtesy Brookly Museum)
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977)
Fatherhood as Described by Paul Beatty, 2011
branded red oak flooring, black soap, wax, books, branding irons, shea butter, oyster shells, space rock, gold paint
96 x 120 x 12.5 inches
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977)
Installation view of A Message to Our Folks (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2012)