“Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” 2021. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni
Join us for a conversation with artist Kevin Beasley in dialogue with Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host this conversation series and highlight the practices of artists participating in this exhibition.
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Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, VA) lives and works in New York. Beasley’s practice traverses sculpture, photography, sound, and performance while sourcing materials of cultural and personal significance. From raw cotton harvested in Virginia, to textured sounds gathered from contact microphones, Beasley’s sculptural materials are altered, manipulated, cast, and molded to form a body of wall-based, freestanding, and sonic sculptures that acknowledge the complex, shared histories of the broader American experience steeped in generational memories. His work Strange Fruit (Pair 1) (2015), currently on view in “Grief and Grievance,” consists of a transformed pair of Air Jordan sneakers embedded with audio equipment that warps and amplifies the ambient tones of its surroundings.
Recent exhibitions include A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town (2020) (solo); The Warehouse, Dallas (2020); Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2019); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018-2019) (solo); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2018) (solo); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2018); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2018); Hammer Projects, Los Angeles (2017) (solo); The Studio Museum in Harlem, Morningside Park, New York (2016-17) (solo); The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2016); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2015); and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015). Beasley has recently performed at venues including The Kitchen, New York (2019); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018-2019); Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, TX (2017); The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016); The Dallas Museum of Art (2015); The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2014); The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2014); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012). His work is held in public collections such as The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Art Institute, Chicago; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and TATE Modern, London.
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