The Kitchen, NYC: On Whiteness

The Racial Imaginary Institute is collaborating with The Kitchen on the exhibition “On Whiteness” this coming summer, opening on Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, July 31, 2018. Curating the exhibition will be Tim Griffin, Lumi Tan, and Katy Dammers, of The Kitchen, as well as the TRII curatorial team: Claudia Rankine, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Monica Youn, Cathy Hong, and LeRonn Brooks.

The central idea of the show will be the deconstruction of whiteness, or more specifically, the ways our orientation to it becomes normalized. Sara Ahmed’s “Phenomenology of Whiteness” is the guiding text. The exhibition will therefore center on “responses” to, and the questioning of, themes of white supremacy/dominance, space (domestic or otherwise), and “orientation.” An important discussion given this moment.

Participating artists include Glenn Ligon, Cindy Sherman, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Ken Gonzales-Day and Mel Chin, among others. A symposium will be held on June 30th and will include Nell Painter, Saidiya Hartman, Patricia Williams, Robin DiAngelo, and Sarah Lewis. In addition, Vijay Iyer and The Dark Noise Collective will participate in the performance section. Collaborating on projects related to the exhibition are The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Museum, Recess Art, The Weeksville Heritage Center, Jack Shainman Gallery, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. More details and programming will be announced.


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