Sean Kelly is delighted to present Trickster, an exhibition of monumental new paintings by Kehinde Wiley. A departure from Wiley’s practice of painting anonymous sitters, these portraits include a select group of extraordinary contemporary artists––Derrick Adams, Sanford Biggers, Nick Cave, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
$25 | tickets
FLEXN Conversations: “A New Vision for Justice in America”
In the wake of the first one hundred days of the new Administration, the Park Avenue Armory, in collaboration with Common Justice, has gathered visionary public figures, social justice advocates, community leaders, and youth from across the country to participate in a series of urgent, pointed, and creative conversations entitled “A New Vision for Justice in America”. Each performance begins with an onstage conversation, moderated by Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and Peter Sellars, in which participants debate imaginative and implementable solutions to some of the most critical societal issues explored in FLEXN: the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, gun violence, police brutality, racial inequity, school to prison pipeline, and youth disenfranchisement.
On Mother’s Day, join us for an intimate afternoon of poetry by Brooklyn-born Aja Monet, whose new collection, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter, is an ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the important people who fight to change the world. Complemented by striking cover art from Carrie Mae Weems, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and black joy. Angela Davis says this collection and its title poem, performed at this year's Women's March, "offers us textures of feeling and radical shifts of meaning that expand our capacity to envision and fight for new worlds."
Monet discusses how resistance is fostered through mother-daughter relationships, bringing to life the radical legacy presented in the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. She is joined by Linda Sarsour, Arab Association of New York.
$22 adults; $17 seniors and students | tickets
The 2017 Whitney Biennial, the seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. The Biennial features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.