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Suffering from realness

Suffering from realness / editor, Denise Markonish.
North Adams, MA : MASS MoCa ; Munich : DelMonico Books/Prestel, [2019]
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224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Published on the occasion of Suffering from Realness, curated by Denise Markonish, April 13, 2019-February 2, 2020, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.
Contemporary artists examine the human condition from all sides in this riveting collection of American art that questions how we represent ourselves in the 21st century. In an age of national divisiveness, artists are creating moments of political resistance while also trying to forge paths towards reconciliation. This exciting and provocative collection shows how fifteen US-based multi-disciplinary artists are addressing the complexity of the 21st century. Jeffrey Gibson weaves together European and Native American cultures; performance artist Cassils constructs images of resistance in the Trans community; Hayv Kahraman examines diasporic culture and the effect of being a refugee in America. Together these artists create a national collective portrait of a country at odds. This book examines the human condition from all sides and strives to show how acting together against suffering can lead to a new version of realness. Exhibition: MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA (starting April 13, 2019).
Added to Catalog
February 24, 2020
Foreword / Joseph C. Thompson
Introduction: These days / Denise Markonish
Rewriting the history of our future / Denise Markonish
Section 1: What condition my condition was in.
Letter to my students the day after the election / Andy Campbell
Rammellzee at the Battle of the Republic / Saul Williams
Cassils ; Wangechi Mutu ; MPA Robert Taplin ; Aziz + Cucher
Look / Solmaz Sharif
Section 2: The body in pain.
Houston: we have a problem! / Rebecca Rickman
Coltan as cotton / Saul Williams
Adriana Corral ; Vincent Valdez ; Robert Longo ; Titus Kaphar ; Hayv Kahraman
Reaching Guantánamo
Section 3: Finding hope in the dark.
USA four o'clock / Jesse Ball
How I got over / Saul Williams
Joey Fauerso ; Keith Sklar ; Allison Schulnik ; Christopher Mir ; Jeffrey Gibson ; Jennifer Karady
Personal effects (excerpts) / Solmaz Sharif.
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Markonish, Denise, editor.
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, host institution.

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