Episode No. 467 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Tomashi Jackson and curator Stephen Wicks.
The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University is showing “Tomashi Jackson: Love Rollercoaster,” an exhibition of five new Jackson paintings that address disenfranchisement and voter suppression in Ohio’s Black communities. The exhibition was originally conceived by Michael Goodson and was curated by Kristin Helmick-Brunet, Dionne Custer Edwards, and Megan Cavanaugh. It is on view in Columbus through December 27.
Jackson is also included in “States of Mind: Art and American Democracy” at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston. The exhibition investigates how artists have addressed issues before the nation this season, including equality, voting access, gun control and immigration policy. It was curated by Ylinka Barotto along with Julia Fisher and Julia Kidd. It’s on view through December 19.
Jackson’s work examines the relationship between politics, race, history and aesthetics, most often in ways that emphasize how history has created the present. She’s previously had solo exhibitions at Kennesaw State University and at Michigan State University; with exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University forthcoming. Her work is in the collections of MOCA in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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On the second segment, Stephen Wicks discusses his exhibition “Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door” at the Knoxville Museum of Art. It is on view through October 25. The exhibition uses over 50 paintings and works on paper and unpublished archival material to examine the nearly four-decade-long relationship between the Knoxville-born Delaney and Baldwin and the ways in which their friendship and intellectual exchange impacted their work.
Air date: October 15, 2020.