a curious blindness

When 22 Apr 2015 - 13 Jun 2015
Where Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University 926 Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Ave. MC 5202
New York, NY 10027
United States
Enquiry (212) 854-7288

Tour with the Curators: Friday, April 24, 4–5 pm

a curious blindness reflects a moment captured by eighteen early- to mid-career artists who engage with the complex climate of race and identity politics. Despite their varied backgrounds and influences, there is a shared consciousness of how people of color are treated and represented in a purportedly post–racial era. The selection of works within the exhibition responds and reacts to the institutionalized racism that permeates the quotidian through media, consumer capitalism, and the art-historical canon. The artists are influenced by ideas of portraiture, seriality, and the consumable that evoke the ways in which the body of color has been objectified and abbreviated through time.

a curious blindness is curated by Vivian Chui, Tara Kuruvilla, and Doris Zhao. It is the third presentation of MODA Curates—an annual opportunity offered by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (MODA) for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students’ theses.


Elia Alba
Firelei Baez
Suzanne Broughel
Ling Chun 
SunTek Chung
Amir H. Fallah
Paula Garcia 
Girl (Chitra Ganesh + Simone Leigh)
Hassan Hajjaj
Nora Howell
Timothy Hyunsoo Lee
Ahmed Mater
Divya Mehra
Jayson Musson
Rashaad Newsome
Sondra Perry
Paul Anthony Smith

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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