Thursday 04/15/21 7PM
Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Rashid Johnson in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

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Rashid Johnson, Antoine’s Organ, 2016. Black steel, grow lights, plants, wood, shea butter, books, monitors, rugs, piano, 189 × 338 × 126 3/4 in (480 × 858.5 × 322 cm). © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Join us for a conversation with exhibition artist Rashid Johnson in dialogue with Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum.

In conjunction with the New Museum’s exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host a series of artist conversations highlighting the myriad of artistic practices presented in this exhibition.

This program will be presented via Zoom, register for this online program here.

Born in Chicago in 1977, Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. After studying in the photography department of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson’s practice quickly expanded to embrace a wide range of media – including sculpture, painting, drawing, filmmaking, and installation – yielding a complex multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Rashid Johnson: The Hikers’, Hauser & Wirth, New York NY (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson. Anxious Audience’, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson. Los Senderistas’, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson: The Hikers’, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO (2019), ‘Rashid Johnson. It Never Entered My Mind’, Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz, Switzerland (2019), ‘Provocations. Rashid Johnson’, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA (2018), ‘Rashid Johnson. No More Water’, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland (2018), ‘The Rainbow Sign’, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018), ‘Rashid Johnson. Hail We Now Sing Joy’, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (2017), ‘Rashid Johnson. Hail We Now Sing Joy’, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2017), ‘Rashid Johnson. Within Our Gates’, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2016) and ‘Fly Away’, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY (2016).

Johnson’s artwork is in the permanent collections of many public institutions, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway; Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA; Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Pérez Art Museum, Miami FL; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY.


Lead support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Agnes Gund.

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Generous ongoing support is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support of artist participation is provided by Laura Skoler.

Additional support for education and community programs is provided by the American Chai Trust.

A full list of support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” can be viewed here.

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