Mar 29 -
May 27 2012
The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
An ongoing exhibition series begun in 2009, Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions is envisioned as several presentations within a larger exhibition. Representing a multigenerational group of artists, Shift embraces a diversity of media and myriad conceptual concerns: cultural references and societal ideals, technology and obsolescence, and familial bonds and art-historical lineage. Shift includes focused presentations of work by Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as a new iteration of The Bearden Project and Highlights from the Permanent Collection. These presentations occupy individual spaces within the Museum galleries, but act together as a unified exhibition. Though each presentation in Shift is distinct, together they compose an exhibition that explores movement, time and medium. As viewers “shift” through the galleries physically and visually, they may recognize overlaps, variations, inconsistencies or repetitions—perhaps leading to critical reevaluations of certain artists’ practices.
Objects features recent work by Jennie C. Jones, who draws on the history of Minimalism and avant-garde post-war black music, transforming the material culture of musical production into quietly poetic art objects.