An Evening with Artist Rashid Johnson
This program is in conjunction with Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, whose upcoming exhibition, Hail We Now Sing Joy, features a new body of work exploring themes of history, identity, and escapism from Chicago-born, New York-based artist Rashid Johnson.
In the solo exhibition Hail We Now Sing Joy, Kemper Museum features new paintings, sculpture, 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. 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 history, Johnson connects with myriad social and cultural histories of the past and present.
Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and curated by Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at Kemper Museum.