December 9, 2016

Fly Away Explores Race

Fly Away, Rashid Johnson’s (SAIC 2004–05) recent exhibit at New York gallery Hauser & Wirth examined issues of race and the vulnerabilities of the Black male body. The exhibit was a prelude to Johnson’s current exhibition, Hail We Now Sing Joy at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Playing with large-scale mosaics, sculptures, and collages, Johnson explored themes such as the vulnerabilities of the Black male body, performing without interacting, and anxieties about “selling out." The New York Times and the Village Voice both reviewed the show favorably; Bloomberg made a case for investing in his large-scale pieces; and Forbes called it the "most important and timely exhibition of the year." Ending the year on a high note.