PARRISH ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE
Group exhibition curated by Racquel Chevremont & Mickalene Thomas;
Group exhibition organized in collaboration with
Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms; Solo exhibitions
of work by Jasper Johns, Joaquín Sorolla & Esteban Vicente,
and Mel Kendrick
WATER MILL, NY 3/30/2022—The Parrish Art Museum announces its 2022 schedule of special exhibitions that include major career retrospectives and focused presentations including An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018, opening in April; Set It Off, curated by Deux Femmes Noires: Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas in May; Another Justice: US Is Them, organized in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms in July; Joaquín Sorolla and Esteban Vicente: In the Light of the Garden in August; and Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things in November.
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960–2018
April 24–July 10, 2022
Jasper Johns, Flags I, 1973. Screen print on paper, 3/65. 27 ⅜ 35½ inches Collection Walker Art Center,
Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1988. © Jasper Johns/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
An Art of Changes is a comprehensive survey of Johns’s (American, b. 1930) seminal, six-decade printmaking practice, highlighting experiments with familiar, abstract, and personal imagery in works that play with memory and visual perception in endlessly original ways. The exhibition follows Johns through the years as he revises and recycles key motifs, including the American flag, numerals, and the English alphabet—all of which Johns describes as “things the mind already knows.”
Structured in four thematic sections displayed in five galleries at the Parrish, it features some 70 pieces in intaglio, lithography, woodcut, linoleum cut, screen printing, and lead relief—as well as painting. An Art of Changes is part of an ongoing nation-wide celebration of the artist’s 90th birthday and a period of critical reflection on his decades-long career. The exhibition coincided with Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror—two retrospectives on view simultaneously at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and theAn Art of Changes is organized by Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts, for the Walker Art Museum and draws from the Walker’s collection.
Set It Off
May 22–July 24, 2022
Torkwase Dyson, Liquidity, Expanse, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 96 x 2
Curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas—collectively known as Deux Femmes Noires—Set It Off brings together work by Leilah Babirye, Torkwase Dyson, February James, Karyn Olivier, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Kennedy Yanko. Often combining multiple elements of paintings, sculpture, installation, sound, and language, each artist in Set It Off engages the monumental, the site-specific, or the immersive in their practice. While Dyson and Rasheed employ minimalism and the grid to explore how intellectual, environmental, and architectural infrastractures are perceived and negotiated, James and Babirye create figurative work that examines personal and collective histories in relation to identity. Olivier and Yanko manipulate everyday objects and materials to create monumentally scaled sculptures that activate history and memory. Together, these works offer an expansive understanding of subjecthood through each artist’s engagement with environmental and spatial strategies, memory, historiography, and archival practices.
Set It Off is Chevremont and Thomas’s third curatorial project together. They were drawn to the thoughtful integration of architecture and landscape at the Parrish, and embraced the opportunity to consider the ways artists are using and manipulating space to explore identity and place today—a theme that runs through each of these artists’ practices. The title, Set It Off—to do something significant, to do something with intensity or with a hurricane-like force, or to change an atmosphere for the better—points to the varied, impactful work featured in the exhibition. Chevremont and Thomas showcase these six women who, each in their own right, have “set it off,” creating bold, compelling work that pushes far beyond the perceived limitations of their chosen genres and mediums.
Another Justice: US Is Them
July 24–November 6, 2022
Hank Willis Thomas, Imaginary Lines, 2021. Mixed media including U.S. flags, 144 x 288 x 2 1.2 inches.
Organized in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms, Another Justice: US is Them will take place both at the Museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces from July 24 through November 6, with some outdoor works installed in June.
The exhibition will include multimedia work by Zoe Buckman, Pamela Council, Jeremy Dennis, Eric Gottesman, Christine Sun Kim, Muna Malik, Joiri Minaya, Kambui Olujimi, Hank Willis Thomas, and Shane Weeks. All of the artists have collaborated with For Freedoms, to model and increase civic participation through art, collaboration, and cultural strategy. Planned in conjunction with For Freedoms’ ongoing campaign, Another Justice: By Any Medium Necessary, the works on view will be a call to the community to reconvene, and reconsider what justice can be in a time of imbalance. Together, they will ask the viewer to imagine a just world. How do we get there from here? What is your role?
Installed in early June, the south-facing façade of the Museum will feature a custom rendition of Remember Me, a 55-foot neon sign by Thomas, leading up to the exhibition opening in July. Billboards by artists Jeremy Dennis and Shane Weeks, both members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and by other indigenous artists from the nationwide For Freedoms Landback public art initiative, will be shown on the Shinnecock Monuments—62-foot-tall electronic billboards put up by the Shinnecock along the highway in 2019 to generate revenue for the Nation.
In an ongoing partnership with the Parrish, The Watermill Center has invited Thomas and For Freedoms for a residency from September 4–October 7, 2022 as part of their Inga Maren Otto Fellowship for visual artists. During the residency and in collaboration with The Watermill Center and the Parrish, For Freedoms will organize a series of public programs and Town Halls with members of the East End community.
The exhibition is organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, with support from Brianna Hernández, Curatorial Fellow, and is co-curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Carly Fischer.
For Freedoms is an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. An art collective founded in 2016 by a coalition of artists, academics and organizers, including Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman, Michelle Woo, and Wyatt Gallery, For Freedoms promotes infinite expansion through art, and is dedicated to awakening a culture of listening, healing, and justice.
Joaquín Sorolla and Esteban Vicente:
In the Light of the Garden
August 7–October 16, 2022
In the Light of the Garden
Above caption: Joaquin Sorolla, Rosebush at the Sorolla House, 1918–19. Oil on canvas
Below caption: Esteban Vicente, Composition, 1998. Oil on canvas, 26 x 36 inches @ The Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation.
Joaquin Sorolla, Rosebush at the Sorolla House, 1918–19. Oil on canvas
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Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things
November 6, 2022–February 19, 2023
Mel Kendrick, L450, 2019. Ebonized mahogany, 89 x 51 x 32 inches.
Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery
Presenting a wide range of sculpture from the artist’s decades-long career, Seeing Things in Things explores how Mel Kendrick (American, b. 1949) exploits the essential properties of his selected medium— whether wood, rubber, or more recently concrete—to create sculpture that inherently lays bare the process by which it was made. —
Originally organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, and curated by Allison N. Kemmerer, Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director. Organized at the Parrish Art Museum by Alicia G. Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education. A fully illustrated catalogue from Rizzoli International complements the presentation.
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Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.