FIVE VIDEOS BY TOMASHI JACKSON
PROJECTED ON THE SOUTH WALL
OF THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM
The High Yellow Pavilion for Renisha McBride and other works
by the Parrish Platform Artist will be shown Friday, August 7, 9–11PM
Tomashi Jackson (American, born 1980) Interstate Love Song: Stock the River With Piranha I; Tomashi Jackson with Derek Witherspoon. Chattahoochie River, Georgia, 2017. Projection on façade of Parrish Art Museum. Tomashi Jackson (American, born 1980) Interstate Love Song: Stock the River With Piranha I; Tomashi Jackson with Derek Witherspoon. Chattahoochie River, Georgia, 2017. Projection on façade of Parrish Art Museum
On Friday, August 7 from 9–11 pm (rain date Saturday, August 8), the Parrish Art Museum will present a 50-minute loop of five videos by 2020-2021 Platform artist Tomashi Jackson, projected onto the south façade of the building. This unique drive-by experience is visible from Montauk Highway.
The projected video collages, made between 2014 and 2017, derive from two distinct bodies of work. Three are from The Subliminal is Now, a visual representation of research on the history of American school desegregation. The artist drew from legal archives and photo documentation produced by the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund to contrast with present day cases of Black children, teenagers, and young people (including Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Aiyanna Stanley Jones), being brutalized and killed by police and vigilantes nationwide. All works in this series are anchored by music. In Forever 21: The Essence of Innocence, figures lip synch the background vocals of Luther Vandross’Give Me the Reason; the Doobie Brothers’ It Keeps You Running is the setting for Self Portrait: Tale of Two Michaels uses; and Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess serves as a sound component to The High Yellow Pavilion for Renisha McBride.
Two pieces are drawn from Interstate Love Song, which addresses voting referenda in and around Atlanta that resulted in compromised access to transportation, thus preventing the expansion of public transportation and perpetuating deeply segregating residential patterns. The artist drew from conversations with Georgians about transportation policies and their link to a voting system also known as The Rule of the Rustics, and from Kevin M. Kruse’s book, White Flight: Atlanta and The Making of Modern Conservatism. The projections at the Parrish—Interstate Love Song: Rule of the Rustics (Krista), 2017; and Interstate Love Song: Stock the River with Piranha (Derek), 2017— exist as photographic c-prints of key stills from each of the two video collages.
“I am thrilled to work with Tomashi to mark her presence at the Museum this summer, during this interim when her exhibition Parrish Platform: Tomashi Jackson—The Land Claim, scheduled to open this July, had to be postponed to Summer 2021,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.
“While the circumstances surrounding this outdoor screening program for the Parrish Art Museum were unanticipated, the method viewing this series returns the research and reflection for these works back to the physical realm of public space,” said Jackson.
The projections at the Museum relate to Jackson’s multi-faceted Parrish Platform project, The Land Claim, addressing the historic and contemporary lived experiences of Indigenous, Black, and Latinx families on the East End of Long Island. The project focuses on issues that have consistently linked past and present communities of color in the region: housing, transportation, and livelihood in relation to migration and agriculture. The 12-month phased project includes and online digital archive, a publication, and learning material slated for Spring 2021; and an exhibition at the Parrish in Summer 2021 that will include new paintings, video collages, and site-specific installations based on archival images and documents, original drawings, and transcripts of the interviews.
This unique drive-by experience is visible from Montauk Highway, with limited access for guests to park and watch the projections from the Parrish grounds. Guests who are registered to attend the Jazz on the Terrace concert at 6pm on the same night are invited to stay to experience the projections.
Tomashi Jackson Video Projections
Parrish Art Museum
Friday, August 7 from 9-11 pm (rain date Saturday, August 8),
50 minute loop featuring:
- Self Portrait: Tale of Two Michaels, 2014, 12:20 minutes
- High Yellow Pavilion for Renisha McBride, 2015, 9:13 minutes
- Forever 21: The Essence of Innocence, 2015, 7:20 minutes
- Interstate Love Song: Rule of the Rustics (Krista), 2017, 10:25 minutes
- Interstate Love Song: Stock the River with Piranha (Derek), 2017, 10:35 minutes
Platform: Tomashi Jackson—The Land Claim is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; The Bandier Family Foundation; The Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund, established by Agnes Gund; The Deborah Buck Foundation; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder and The Speyer Family Foundation. Public Funding provided by Suffolk County.
Tomashi Jackson (b. Houston, Texas 1980, raised Los Angeles, California) earned an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art in 2016; Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in 2012; and BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2010. Jackson is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Her solo exhibitions include Forever My Lady at Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2020), Time Out of Mind at Tilton Gallery, New York City (2019), Interstate Love Song at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia (2018), and The Subliminal is Now at Tilton Gallery, New York City (2016). Her work was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and other group exhibitions at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University; The Bakalar & Paine Galleries at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Massachusetts.
Her work is included in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was the 2019 Artist in Residence at the ARCAthens Residency Program, Athens, Greece. She has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, Lesley University, Rhode Island School of Design, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has been a visiting artist lecturer at Yale University School of Art, Boston University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Williams College, New York University, and School of Visual Arts, NY. Tomashi lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City. Her work is represented by Tilton Gallery in New York City and Night Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
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