Details: Bringing together the work of 28 artists, Black Melancholia expands and complicates the notion of melancholy in Western art history and cultures. Including new commissions as well as painting, sculpture, film, photography, works on paper, and sound, Black Melancholia pushes beyond the iconography of melancholia as an art historical and psychoanalytical concept to subvert highly racialized discourses in which notions of longing, despair, sadness, and loss were reserved for white subjects. The exhibition aims to create a generative space for inspiration, solace, and refuge through a presentation that blends new and recent works with pieces from the late 19th to mid-20th century.
Black Melancholia is on view in the CCS Bard Galleries at the Hessel Museum of Art from June 2 through October 16, 2022.
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