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Opening reception: Thursday, June 24, 4–8pm

Social Works

Curated by Antwaun Sargent

June 24–August 13, 2021
555 West 24th Street, New York

Rick Lowe, Black Wall Street Journey #5, 2021 Acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 108 × 192 inches (274.3 × 487.7 cm)© Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Thomas Dubrock

Rick Lowe, Black Wall Street Journey #5, 2021

Acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 108 × 192 inches (274.3 × 487.7 cm)
© Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Thomas Dubrock

Lauren Halsey, black history wall of respect (II), 2021 Vinyl, acrylic, and mirror on wood, 19 ⅞ × 96 ⅛ × 48 inches (50.5 × 244.2 × 122.2 cm)© Lauren Halsey. Photo: Rob McKeever

Lauren Halsey, black history wall of respect (II), 2021

Vinyl, acrylic, and mirror on wood, 19 ⅞ × 96 ⅛ × 48 inches (50.5 × 244.2 × 122.2 cm)
© Lauren Halsey. Photo: Rob McKeever

Allana Clarke, There Was Nothing Left For Us, 2021 Hair bonding glue, latex rubber, and carbon dye, 57 × 65 × 16 inches (144.8 × 165.1 × 40.6 cm)© Allana Clarke. Photo: Rob McKeever

Allana Clarke, There Was Nothing Left For Us, 2021

Hair bonding glue, latex rubber, and carbon dye, 57 × 65 × 16 inches (144.8 × 165.1 × 40.6 cm)
© Allana Clarke. Photo: Rob McKeever

Kenturah Davis, the bodily effect of a color (sam), 2021 Oil paint applied with rubber stamp letters and color pencil on debossed Igarashi Kozo paper, in artist’s frame, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)© Kenturah Davis. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Kenturah Davis, the bodily effect of a color (sam), 2021

Oil paint applied with rubber stamp letters and color pencil on debossed Igarashi Kozo paper, in artist’s frame, 40 × 30 inches (101.6 × 76.2 cm)
© Kenturah Davis. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Christie Neptune, Untitled, 2021 Archival inkjet print, 18 × 24 inches (45.7 × 61 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Christie Neptune

Christie Neptune, Untitled, 2021

Archival inkjet print, 18 × 24 inches (45.7 × 61 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Christie Neptune

Alexandria Smith, Iterations of a galaxy beyond the pedestal, 2021 Mixed media on wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Alexandria Smith, Iterations of a galaxy beyond the pedestal, 2021

Mixed media on wood assemblage, 60 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
© Alexandria Smith. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Carrie Mae Weems, The British Museum, 2006– Digital chromogenic print, image: 50 × 50 inches (127 × 127 cm), sheet: 71 ½ × 59 ½ inches (181.6 × 151.1 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP© Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems, The British Museum, 2006–

Digital chromogenic print, image: 50 × 50 inches (127 × 127 cm), sheet: 71 ½ × 59 ½ inches (181.6 × 151.1 cm), edition of 5 + 2 AP
© Carrie Mae Weems

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Social Works, a group exhibition curated by Antwaun Sargent with participating artists David Adjaye, Zalika Azim, Allana Clarke, Kenturah Davis, Theaster Gates, Linda Goode Bryant, Lauren Halsey, Titus Kaphar, Rick Lowe, Christie Neptune, Alexandria Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Social Works considers the relationship between space—personal, public, institutional, and psychic—and Black social practice. With a wide range of material and theoretical approaches, the work on view is united by a conscious engagement with today’s cultural moment, in which numerous social factors have converged to produce a heightened urgency for Black artists to utilize space as a community-building tool and a means of empowerment.

Known for his masterful use of light, shadow, and space, as well as his integration of diverse forms, David Adjaye approaches architecture as a way to promote inclusive accessibility and to reflect upon the human legacies embedded in the built past. Asaase (2021), his first large-scale autonomous sculpture, is a maze of nested earthen walls that climb to a conical vertex, referencing historic works of West African architecture such as the Tiébélé royal complex in Burkina Faso and the walled city of Agadez in Niger.

Theaster Gates’s installation is dedicated to the legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles, the “Godfather of House Music” whose pioneering sounds shaped the Black- and queer-led 1980s house music scene. A collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation—Gates’s Chicago-based nonprofit organization focused on art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation—the work features a special display of over five thousand records from Knuckles’s personal archive, many of which will be digitized as they play in the gallery.

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Artists

David Adjaye
Zalika Azim
Allana Clarke
Kenturah Davis
Theaster Gates
Linda Goode Bryant
Lauren Halsey
Titus Kaphar
Rick Lowe
Christie Neptune
Alexandria Smith
Carrie Mae Weems

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Rick Lowe, Black Wall Street Journey #5, 2021, Acrylic and paper collage on canvas, 108 × 192 inches (274.3 × 487.7 cm)© Rick Lowe Studio. Photo: Thomas Dubrock

Notes on Social Works

Antwaun Sargent presents a collection of thoughts and images, gathered from conversations with artists, curators, architects, and educators, as well as essays, social media, and the news, that inform the exhibition Social Works. The essay serves as an introduction to the corresponding supplement guest edited by Sargent for the Summer 2021 issue of the Quarterly.

Edmund de Waal and Theaster Gates

Artist to Artist: Edmund de Waal and Theaster Gates

Join the artists for an extended conversation about their most recent exhibitions, their forebears in the world of ceramics, and the key role that history plays in their practices.

Titus Kaphar at NXTHVN, New Haven, Connecticut

NXTHVN

NXTHVN is a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access. Through intergenerational mentorship, professional development, and cross-sector collaboration, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts. Join Titus Kaphar and Jason Price on a tour of the organization’s headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. They discuss the founding and vision for this singular arts space.

Titus Kaphar in his studio, touching his painting.

Titus Kaphar: From a Tropical Space

Join the artist in his studio in New Haven, Connecticut, where he speaks about his latest paintings.

The crowd at the public funeral of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968. Photo by Moneta Sleet Jr.

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available.

Photo: Moneta Sleet, Jr., 1965. Johnson Publishing Company Archive. Courtesy Ford Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Smithsonian Institution.

Theaster Gates: Black Image Corporation

As a prelude to his first-ever solo exhibition in New York, Theaster Gates discusses his prescient work with the photographic archive of Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company and his formation of Black Image Corporation as a conceptual project. In conversation with Louise Neri, he expands on his strategies as artist and social innovator in his quest to redeem and renew the sacred power of Black images and Black space. 

News

Left: David Adjaye. Photo: Alex Fradkin, courtesy Adjaye Associates. Middle: Thelma Golden. Photo: Julie Skarratt. Right: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney

In Conversation

David Adjaye and Rick Lowe
Moderated by Thelma Golden

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2pm edt

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Sir David Adjaye and Rick Lowe, moderated by Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, on the occasion of Social Works at Gagosian, New York. Livestreaming from the exhibition in Chelsea in advance of the opening on June 24, the trio will explore Adjaye and Lowe’s shared interests in architecture, community building, and the relationship between space and the Black body. Featuring work by twelve artists, the exhibition includes Asaase (2021), Adjaye’s first large-scale autonomous sculpture, and Black Wall Street Journey (2020–), a new series of paintings by Lowe memorializing the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma. To join, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: David Adjaye. Photo: Alex Fradkin, courtesy Adjaye Associates. Middle: Thelma Golden. Photo: Julie Skarratt. Right: Rick Lowe. Photo: Brent Reaney