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RASHID JOHNSON: HAIL WE NOW SING JOY
February 9, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Kemper Museum is thrilled to present Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings, sculptures, and the Midwest debut of a monumental multi-media installation by Rashid Johnson. New York-based Johnson employs a range of materials in his new works, which are grounded in complex explorations of history, identity, and escapism. For example, in his “escape collages,” layered images of lush palm trees allude to his imagining tropical landscapes beyond his Chicago hometown, while the title references impulses derived from slavery in America and Afro-futurism. Through the framework of personal experience, Johnson connects with myriad social and cultural histories of the past and present.
Exhibition Opening with artist present
Thursday, February 9, 5:00–7:00 p.m. | cash bar
Members: bring your membership card for a complimentary beverage
An Evening with Artist Rashid Johnson
Friday, February 10, 6:30 Artist Talk | FREE
Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th Street | RSVP