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

Rashid Johnson in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni

Cover Image:

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) “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” 2021. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni.

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 practices of artists participating in this exhibition.

Accessibility: This program will be live captioned. We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible. For full accessibility information, including services available by request, please click here.

Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago, IL) is a contemporary American artist whose multidisciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, painting, drawing, filmmaking, and installation. His work deftly engages cultural identities, literature, and critical history to consider both the potential and boundaries that personal narratives offer for material representation and collective understandings.

Recent solo exhibitions include “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), “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), “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), and “Rashid Johnson. Within Our Gates,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (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.

CART captioning services is provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus.

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

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