Raw/Cooked: Duron Jackson at Brooklyn Museum
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An exhibition of the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant–based artist Duron Jackson. Jackson’s multimedia installation evokes a private library or reading room, where viewers are invited to contemplate themes of race and power embedded in American history and culture. A minimalist white cube chair is situated at the center of a carpet, both constructed by the artist from black-and-white dominoes. Jackson’s Blackboard Paintings—large-scale geometric abstractions rendered in graphite and blackboard paint—cover the surrounding walls. These works present abstracted aerial views of specific American prisons. Jackson juxtaposes his abstract works with Malvina Hoffman’s early modern sculptural portrait, Senegalese Soldier. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Hoffman’s larger-than-life-sized bust stands at the center of the installation. In Rumination, Jackson brings together historical and contemporary cultural representations to explore the inter-related histories of incarceration, surveillance, and control.
Venue Description: Open Wed., Fri.-Sun., 11am-6pm; Thurs., 11am-10pm; First Saturday of each month (except September), 5-11pm. $12; $8, students and seniors (62 & over). Under 19, free (as of 9/3/2014).