You Should See: S & M: SHRINES AND MASQUERADES IN COSMOPOLITAN TIMES

Detail shot of Xenobia Bailey’s crochet shrine

I checked out this show at the NYU galleries, and the work by this group of emerging artists was incredible. From Xenobia Bailey’s crochet shrine, to Chris Bogia’s album cover tapestries, the collection of work was vibrant, urgent, and at times disturbing.

From the brief:
… Cloth shrines, costumes, clothing, and arrangements of household items, have long served as forceful talismans whose integration into daily life was an essential source of their power… Now, in an era of global travel, the prestige and distinction of costume, from couture to cross-dressing, can be packed across continents in a single suitcase…In an ever-increasing proliferation of form, the shrine remains a portal to dimensions where attitude alone may not prevail.

Kehinde Wiley’s Renaissance portraits. The detail of the background tapestry is incredible.

Chris Bogia’s album cover tapestries

By far the most disturbing piece, a video symposium conveying the self-tortured Michael Jackson by Lyle Ashton, covered in flaking body makeup.

Photography by Zanele Muholi

These photos barely give a true feeling for what this show was about. Go see it in person!

View this show at NYU Steinhardt’s 80 Washington Square East Gallery, NYC through December 6, 2008.

Tatiana

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  1. I’m an NYU alumni and Xenobia is one of my peoples. The Studio Museum in Harlem has a full out art show of Kehinde’s Wiley’s work and I must say that this man is way beyond talented. His work is simply stunning.

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