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New Museum summer 2022 exhibitions

Opening: June 30, 2022

The New Museum announces exhibitions of Robert Colescott, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Kapwani Kiwanga, Doreen Lynette Garner, and Naomi Rincón Gallardo, all opening June 30, 2022.

About forty paintings from the renowned sixty-year career of artist Robert Colescott are displayed in the exhibition Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott on the second floor. Benjamin de Burca and Barbara Wagner: Five Times The Third Floor exhibition Brazil focuses on works that the artists have shot in Brazil during the previous seven years. Kapwani Kiwanga: Off-Grid, which is installed on the Fourth Floor, combines recent work with a new commission to create a site-specific spatial intervention. The Lobby Gallery will host the world premiere of Doreen Lynette Garner: REVOLTED, a solo exhibition of brand-new art. With a piece by Naomi Rincón Gallardo on the Lower Level, The New Museum’s “Screen Series,” a venue for the display of fresh video works by up-and-coming contemporary artists, continues.

Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott
June 30–October 9, 2022

Robert Colescott (1925–2009)’s audacious and lavishly detailed paintings span the history of art and offer a satirical perspective on topics relating to race, beauty, and American culture. Colescott, who was frequently ahead of his time, investigated how the language and tradition of painting are used to create and perform individual and collective identities. This exhibition, which takes place three decades after the New Museum’s previous New York survey of Colescott’s work in 1989, presents a long overdue celebration of the artist as one of the most important of his generation.

Additional information on Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott.

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil
June 30–October 16, 2022

Bárbara Wagner (born 1980 in Brasilia, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (born 1975 in Munich, Germany) have been collaborating for ten years to create films and video installations with protagonists involved in cultural production. To create their films, the duo frequently works with non-actors on everything from creating the screenplays to staging on-camera performances. The resulting pieces are influenced by the social and economic conflicts that exist in the settings in which they are shot, which makes it urgent for new types of self-representation through voice, movement, and drama.

Additional information on Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca: Five Times Brazil.

Kapwani Kiwanga: Off-Grid
June 30–October 16, 2022

Kapwani Kiwanga, a Canadian artist now working in Paris, was born in Hamilton in 1978 and has produced intricate installations, sculptures, performances, films, and lectures that examine a wide range of topics, including colonial economies and disadvantaged histories. Kiwanga’s meticulously studied pieces frequently take the form of installations that set up new physical spaces while exposing the ways in which bodies experience and inhabit institutions of power, drawing on her expertise in anthropology and the social sciences.

Additional information on Kapwani Kiwanga: Off-Grid.

Doreen Lynette Garner: REVOLTED
June 30–October 16, 2022

By looking at both historical and contemporary instances of experimentation, malpractice, and exploitation committed against Black people, Doreen Lynette Garner’s practice illuminates the histories and lingering effects of racial violence in the United States through the lenses of pathology and medicine. Her most recent initiatives investigate the forced transmission of viruses and diseases from Europe to Indigenous countries in the Americas via the transatlantic slave trade and colonization, drawing comparisons to modern-day forms of displacement and neo-imperialism.

Additional information on Doreen Lynette Garner: REVOLTED.

Screen Series: Naomi Rincón Gallardo
June 30–October 9, 2022

Mexican artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo (born 1979) weaves together several academic disciplines, such as Mesoamerican cosmologies, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and Latin American decolonial feminism, in her performances, films, and video installations. In order to locate her anti-colonial literary weapons, Rincón Gallardo looks to the wisdom ingrained in pre-colonial mythologies. She views time as a spiral in which the past, present, and future intersect and inform one another.

Additional information on Screen Series: Naomi Rincón Gallardo.

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