Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School presents an exhibition of three large-scale, multi-panel works by Meleko Mokgosi, on view through April 25th.
Two paintings, Terra Pericolosa, 2013 and Fully Belly II, 2014; are part of an eight-chapter project titled Pax Kaffraria, 2010-2014 which employs history painting and cinematic tropes to create installations that examine notions of national identity and post-colonial aesthetics using Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as case studies. Carefully composed through storyboarding, and rendered in high realism, Mokgosi’s paintings engage European history painting and circumvent implicit modes of their representation by reconfiguring positions of power and injecting domestic tropes and the natural landscape that remain loaded with the history and pervasiveness of colonial rule.
The third work on view is Modern Art: The Root of African Savages III, a continuation of a series that uses museum labels as the foundation for a vigorously annotated exegesis of institutional language and its meaning as a mode of communication to, and education of the viewing public. This work specifically uses text from African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY in 2012. Mokgosi leaves no room for languid assumptions or acceptance of the proclivities of language to guise cultural bias and reimagine history as he edits, corrects and expound upon the published texts.
On Sunday, April 12th, Meleko Mokgosi will be in conversation with Darby English, Consulting Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY and Starr Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. Please visit our website for details.
Meleko Mokgosi received his BA from Williams College in 2007 and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study program that same year. He then received his MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio Program at the University of California Los Angeles in 2011, and was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2011-2012. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA; opening April 22, 2015. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including the Botswana National Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana; The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Museum, Peekskill, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles, CA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France. His work is included in public collections such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College, Winter Park, FL; and the Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME.
Concurrently on view at The School is a group exhibition, Status Quo. Upcoming exhibitions at the gallery include Hayv Kahraman, How Iraqi Are You? opening February 28th and on view through April 4th at 513 West 20th Street. Also on view at 524 West 24th Street will be an exhibition of work by Michael Snow. Our next exhibition at The School will open May 17th and will feature a solo show of works by El Anatsui.
The School is located at 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY.
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