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Radical Presence

29 Oct 2012

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Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh. Untitled #1 (From the series “my works, my dreams, must wait till after hell”), 2012.

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art opens November 17 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and includes a video by Girl, the collective practice of Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh. Billed as “the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black artists,” the show features work by artists from the early 1960s to today, and draws on “the history of performance art as a manifestation of radical shifts in social thought and artistic practice.” Looking to enhance scholarship surrounding what curator Valerie Cassel Oliver considers a largely unexamined tradition, the museum will also present an exhibition catalog. What a show! Check it out here.