Episode No. 591 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Kahlil Robert Irving and Rogelio Báez Vega.
Kahlil Robert Irving is included in “I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen” at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Across more than 25,000 square feet, the exhibition examines the screen’s vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. It was curated by Alison Hearst and remains on view through April 30. Irving will deliver a lecture at MAMFW on March 7 at 6 pm.
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has just opened “Kahlil Robert Irving: Archaeology of the Present”, a presentation of new Irving sculptures, video, and found objects. Irving has situated his sculptures and other items within a large plywood platform, resembling a stage. Viewers can move onto the structure to encounter both artworks and manufactured objects alike. The show, which was curated by William Hernández Luege, will be on view through January 21, 2024.
Irving’s assemblages of images and replicas of every day objects challenge constructions of Western identity and culture. His ceramic sculptures incorporate neglected objects that represent a historical moment, as do his room-sized, image-driven installations. Irving has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis; he’s been featured in group exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and more.
Irving’s work is also featured in “RE-PAIR,” the Tennessee Triennial exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art. It was curated by María Magdalena Campos-Pons and is on view through May 7.
Links promised on the segment include:
- Artist Diane Simpson; and
- Eldridge Cleaver’s 1999 book “Soul on Ice.”
Rogelio Báez Vega is included in “no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria” at the Whitney. The exhibition, organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Maria, explores how artists have responded to the years since that event. It includes 15 artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora. It was curated by Marcela Guerrero with Angelica Arbelaez, and will be on view through April 23.
Báez Vega’s paintings often portray modernist buildings dating from Puerto Rico’s post-war boom. While his pictures sometimes show the island’s rich vegetation overtaking physical structures, they imply both a dystopian future and nature’s promise.
Instagram: Kahlil Robert Irving, Rogelio Báez Vega, Tyler Green.
Air date: March 2, 2023.