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March 5–8, 2020

Xaviera Simmons

Chord

2019
Location: West End
Pier 94
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Curator's Statement

Through photographic and sculptural works, Simmons’ Chord (2019) explores the legacies and the ways in which systemic policies and prejudices have rendered major aspects of the American narrative virtually invisible, the effects of which reverberate into the present day.

Presented by David Castillo Gallery.

About the Artist

Xaviera Simmons’ (b. 1974, New York) work centers on photography and includes performance, choreography, video, sound, sculpture, and installation. Simmons’ interdisciplinary practice is rooted in shifting definitions of landscape, character development, art, political and social histories and the interconnectedness of formal processes. Simmons received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio.

Xaviera Simmons is a recipient of Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Award (2018). Upcoming exhibitions including “The Restless Earth” curated by Massimiliano Gioni, at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2019); Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places Commission (2018-2019), among many others. Recent solo exhibitions include “Convene” at Sculpture Center, NY; “Overlay” at Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University; “The Gold Miner’s Mission to Dwell on the Tide Line” at The Museum of Modern Art- The Modern Window, NY; and “CODED” at The Kitchen, NY. Simmons’ works are in major museum and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Deutsche Bank, NY; UBS, NY; The Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Agnes Gund Art Collection, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Studio Museum in Harlem; ICA Miami; Perez Art Museum Miami; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; The Nasher Museum of Art, Durham; The High Museum, Atlanta; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami; among others.