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September 8-11, 2022   Javits Center

Armory Access: Curated

The Pandemic is a Portal: Curated by Daniel S. Palmer

The inaugural Armory Access: Curated brought together a diverse group of artworks that address perceptual and social transformation. Curator Daniel S. Palmer looked to Arundhati Roy’s poignant April 2020 text “The Pandemic is a Portal” as a starting point for this visual essay, focusing on the idea that the pandemic and other traumatic moments provide us with an opportunity to break from the past, come to terms with current injustices, and reconceive the world anew.

Featured works by: Firelei Báez, Hayley Barker, Rana Begum, Andrea Bowers, Bruce Conner, Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Nicholas Galanin, Chitra Ganesh, Hermann Hesse, Greg Ito, Ann Veronica Janssens, Cyrus Kabiru, Gordon Matta-Clark, Aïda Muluneh, Emily Mae Smith, Charmion von Wiegand, Marina Tabassum, Hank Willis Thomas, Charles White, and Holly Zausner.

Senses of Brown: Curated by César García-Alvarez

For the second iteration of Armory Access: Curated, curator César García-Alvarez examined the question posed in the posthumously published book of writings titled The Sense of Brown by the late scholar José Esteban Muñoz that asks whether feeling like a problem can be more than an impasse and perhaps be an opening. This virtual exhibition embraces Muñoz’s question and brings together a group of works by artists whose personhoods and practices discomfort histories, definitions, perspectives, and opinions about what constitutes Latinidad and their own places within it. Here, Latinx is a framework for debate rather than a definition and the exhibition is a modest opening statement for a conversation that asks whether resolved identities are what we should aspire to as opposed to seeking shared incommensurability.

Featured works by: Candida Alvarez, Hellen Ascoli, Juan Capistrán, Gisela Colón, María Fragoso, Jay Lynn Gomez, Donna Huanca, Larry Madrigal, Harold Mendez, Ana Mendieta, Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya, Jaime Muñoz, Aliza Nisembaum, Fay Ray, Shirley Villavicencio Pizango, Bony Ramirez, Johanna Unzueta, Sarah Zapata

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