No. 601: Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Sheldon Scott

Episode No. 601 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Jonathan Lyndon Chase and Sheldon Scott.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase is included in “The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century” at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The exhibition, on view through July 16, presents art, fashion and high-end consumer goods in consideration of the influence hip hop has had on contemporary society. It was curated by Asma Naeem, Gamynne Guillotte, Hannah Klemm, and Andréa Purnell. A catalogue was published by the BMA, the Saint Louis Art Museum and Gregory R. Miller & Co. Amazon and Bookshop offer it for about $55.

Chase’s paintings, video, sound, and sculpture depicts queer Black love and community. Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; they have been included in recent group shows at the ICA Miami, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and soon at the Whitney Museum of American Art (opening June 28).

Scott is included in “Spirit in the Land” at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition considers today’s ecological concerns and demonstrates how our identities and natural environments are intertwined. The show particularly focuses on the relationship between the mainland United States and the Caribbean. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, it is on view through July 9. A 3 minute, 22 second segment of Scott’s Portrait, no. 1 man (day clean ta sun down), the work in “Spirit in the Land,” is available here. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue which is available only at the Nasher. Scott is presenting a performance titled “Portrait, numba 1 MAN (day clean ta sun down)” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans on May 13.

Scott’s work builds upon his upbringing in Gullah/Geechee culture and his background in storytelling to examine the Black male form. His work has been exhibited at the Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

Instagram: Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Sheldon Scott, Tyler Green.

Air date: May 11, 2023.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Diamonds all over my body, 2018.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Siren Song Echo, 2022.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Quiet Storm, 2016.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Man with heads, 2016.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, not titled, not dated.

Jacob Lawrence, Fruits and Vegetables, 1959.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Lovers in a pink bed, 2018.

Sheldon Scott, Portrait, no. 1 man, (day clean ta sun down) still, 2019.

Sheldon Scott, Leisure Swing, Char, 2022.

Sheldon Scott, Jacobs Ladder, A Leisurely Stroll to Heaven for Black Folx, 2022.

Martin Puryear, Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996.

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