Two Openings at New Museum

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Date/Time: 11/07/2003 12:00 am

OPENING FRIDAY at the New Museum
José Antonio Hernández-Diez
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
José Antonio Hernández-Diez
ON VIEW July 11 – September 21, 2003
José Antonio Hernández-Diez S & M (Ella Perdio un Dedo) [S & M (She lost a nail)] (1998) Acrylic Nails, table, wooden sawhorses, sandpaper
Inspired by urban pop culture as well as by the traditions of his native Venezuela, José Antonio Hernández-Diez evokes strong political statements through candid, poetic, and at times, disturbing and irreverent multimedia works. The New Museum will present fourteen installations created between 1991 and 2000 chosen to convey several overlapping themes that inform Hernández-Diez’s work. The first major museum exhibition in the United States of one of the most important Latin American artists of the 90’s is organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Senior Curator Dan Cameron and Adjunct Curator Gerardo Mosquera.
José Antonio Hernández-Diez La Hermandad {The Brotherrhood} (1994) 3 video monitors, 3 tables, metal drying rack, troughs, fried pork, Courtesy of Collecion Art Fundacio “la Caixa” , Barcelona
Barkley Hendricks Fela in concert (1989) North Hampton, Massachusetts
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
ON VIEW July 11 – September 28, 2003
Brett Cook-Dizney Painting of Fela done for Red Hot Fela Project Party (2001) Courtesy of Artist
Through politically-charged lyrics, electrifying stage performances, and his counter-culture lifestyle, musician and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti created Afrobeat, the infectious fusion of American jazz and funk with the African rhythms of highlife music. Politically and musically influenced by the work of cultural pillars such as James Brown and the Black Panthers, Fela’s own status as a pan-African icon has continued to grow since his death in 1997.
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti presents the many sides of Fela – musical pioneer, political dissident, utopian visionary, consummate showman, husband and lover – through works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and sound installation, video, film, computer animation and music by 34 artists of the African Diaspora. Artists included are Radcliffe Bailey, Bili Bidjocka, Sanford Biggers, Sokari Douglas Camp, Brett Cook-Dizney, Victor Ekpuk, Tim Evans & Jason Smith, Kendell Geers, Barkley L. Hendricks, Satch Hoyt, Alfredo Jaar, Marcia Kure, Moshekwa Langa, Ghariokwu Lemi, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, Adia Millet, Wangechi Mutu, Christophe Nanga-Oly, Aimé Ntakiyica, Odili Donald Odita, Olu Oguibe, Moyo Ogundipe, Moyo Okediji, Senam Okudzeto, Ouattara Watts, Yinka Shonibare, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Iké Udé, Obiora Udechukwu, Roberto Visani, Kara Walker and Klaus Bürgel, and Fred Wilson. Black President is guest curated by Trevor Schoonmaker.
José Antonio Hernández-Diez is made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Caracas, and from Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz.
Support for Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been provided by Étant Donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, The Greenwall Foundation, the Toby Devan Lewis Fund for Exhibitions of Emerging Artists, The British Council, and members of the New Group. The catalogue for the exhibition is supported in part by the Norton Family Foundation.
Support for the exhibition is also provided by Altoids, The Curiously Strong Mints.
Sugar Hill Beer provided by Harlem Brewing Company
The New Museum has received major stabilization support for 2003 operations and programs from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art receives general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, JPMorganChase, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, and the members of the New Museum.