VIA Art Movements by HyperAllergic podcast


In his large two-part exhibition, the queer Haitian-American artist centers the body, which figures in his work both literally and figuratively.


It’s rare for an artist to have two concurrent solo shows in the same city, but Didier William accomplished that with his Curtains, Stages, and Shadows, Act 1 & Act 2. The two-part exhibition explores the formal and narrative possibilities of painting. In his review of Act 1, critic Seph Rodney focuses on the figures that can appear as elusive as they are powerful, writing:

These are all figures ready to enact real violence with the cutlasses, and they are also figures who are depicted as staging a rebellion. If one views the text in the back room, one can begin to understand why William believes it necessary to pictorially rehearse the action of insurrection.

I invited Rodney to continue the conversation with William in this episode of Art Movements, in which the two explore the visual language of revolution, specifically in the context of the Haitian revolution, which is one of the larger themes in the artist’s series.

A special thanks to Red Wedding for providing the music for this episode. You can check her out on Instagram.


A weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world with host Hrag Vartanian, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic.

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5/5: black now(here) @ MoAD

our first museum show is finally up and open to the public as of sunday, 11/11! join me and 5/5 for the artist talk and opening reception of black now(here) this thursday, 11/15. go time is 5pm.

Rsvp here.

“The war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real.”

+James Baldwin

5/5: to emit and let fall

5/5 has a show this month at Borderline Collective in San Francisco.


the next few months for 5/5 are going to be truly special! i'm so excited to work and be in conversation with my comrades in creation.

up next: a new show at Borderline Collective in San Francisco

Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 2018

roll through if you're in the Bay!

Image credit: Pablo Serrano