RECENT REVIEW in the NYTIMES
RADICAL PRESENCE: BLACK PERFORMANCE IN CONTEMPORARY ART September 10–December 7, 2013
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art chronicles the emergence and development of African American performance practices in contemporary art. Surveying the scene from the 1960s to the present day, this major exhibition examines the rich and complex history of black performance in the United States. The show features work of artists such as Benjamin Patterson (b. 1934), David Hammons (b. 1943), Senga Nengudi (b. 1943), and Coco Fusco (b.1960), who have contributed significantly to a radical shift
in social thought and artistic practice. Radical Presence also includes work by younger artists such as Kalup Linzy (b. 1977) and Adam Pendleton (b. 1984), thus demonstrating the trajectory of groundbreaking performances by three generations. A series of performances by participating artists accompanies the exhibition, which is presented in two parts: Part I, September 10–December 7, 2013, at the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; Part II, November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014, at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Radical Presence is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
MODERN IRANIAN ART: SELECTIONS FROM THE ABBY WEED GREY COLLECTION AT NYU September 10–December 7, 2013
Eleven years after the 2002 show Between Word and Image: Modern Iranian Visual Culture, a landmark exhibition featuring selections from NYU’s renowned Abby Weed Grey Collection, the Grey Art Gallery is presenting some twenty-five key works of Iranian modernism. Featuring paintings, sculpture, prints, and jewelry made in the 1960s and ’70s, the exhibition highlights the creativity of artists who drew on their Persian heritage to redefine Iran’s visual identity at a time of increasing international exposure during the two decades preceding the 1979 Revolution. The Iranian works housed at the Grey—part of the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art—comprise the largest public holding of Iranian modern art outside of Iran. The exhibition is accompanied by an e-book and complements Iran Modern, a comprehensive survey on view concurrently at Asia Society.