Episode No. 560 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Kiyan Williams and historian Paul M. Farber.
The Hammer Museum is presenting “Hammer Projects: Kiyan Williams”, the artist’s first solo museum presentation, through August 28. The show features Kiyan Williams’ 2022 installation Between Starshine and Clay, a work that features earth taken from sites that are familial or that hold Black American histories, and sculptural forms that reveal or refer to the human body. “Williams” was curated by Erin Christovale.
Williams is also included in “Black Atlantic,” a Public Art Fund exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. The exhibition, which was curated by Hugh Hayden and Daniel S. Palmer, was motivated by an exploration of transatlantic diaspora. It includes Williams’ 2022 Ruins of Empire, a reimagining of Thomas Crawford’s Statue of Freedom, which was installed atop the US Capitol dome in 1863. (The full-size plaster model for Freedom is in the Capitol Visitor Center.) “Black Atlantic” is on view through November 27.
In addition, they are also in “52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn. The exhibition, which was curated by Amy Smith-Stewart and is on view through January 8, 2023, showcases work by artists in the Aldrich’s 1971 “Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists” show, augmented by work by 26 female identifying or nonbinary emerging artists.
On the second segment, a re-air of an October 2021 conversation with Monument Lab director Paul M. Farber on Monument Lab’s National Monument Audit, which Farber co-directed with Laurie Allen and Sue Mobley. In addition to the project website, Monument Lab offers a free PDF of the audit. This week, Monument Lab’s Future Memory podcast returned. Click here for information and here to subscribe.
Air date: July 27, 2022.