Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Art
By Maggie Grabmeier
As a part of its Sachs Guest Curator Program, the Institute of Contemporary Art welcomes guest curator Kara Walker to spearhead her contemporary brainchild, “Ruffneck Constructivists.” Famous for her deeply political silhouetted paper-cut prints, Walker instigates discussions on slavery and black culture in America through the lens of U.S. history, delving into issues of gender and violence in the process. Her term, “ruffneck constructivism,” is meant to evoke both the early 1900s Russian Constructivism movement (a later form of futurism) that emphasized that art be socially conscious, and also the intensity and coarseness of people who move their way into the deliberately designed cityscape. In an exhibit incorporating works of various media by artists from all over the world, the six American participants include cinematographer Arthur Jafa, photographer Deana Lawson and sculptor Rodney McMillian.