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Rashid Johnson’s “Monument”

INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART AT VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY, Richmond

David Dominique performing as part of Rashid Johnson’s “Monument” at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2018–19.
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Stefanie Hessler

Driving along Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, one traverses the former Confederate capital from the wealthy West End to the central Fan district near the newly opened Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). Originally conceived in 1890 as tree-lined home to the memorial for Robert E. Lee, the... continue reading
Rashid Johnson's "There are Stranger Villages" at Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
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Kirsty Bell

The title of Rashid Johnson's first solo show in Berlin makes a sideways allusion to "Stranger in the Village," an essay written in 1955 by American writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin. This is worth bearing in mind; not because the situation in Berlin mirrors that of the remote Swiss village in which Baldwin found himself as the first black man the astonished villagers had ever seen—as Johnson says, "there are stranger villages"—but nevertheless, the... continue reading

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