Recorded April 2021. Led by Sculptor Garth Evens, and joined for the talk by Karen Wilkin, Jock Ireland, Brandt Junceau, and Rachael Bohlander. Sculpture Forum confronts Grief & Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, a show, envisioned by curator Okwui Enwezor, encompassing 97 works by 37 Black artists working in the United States. Video and editing by Rachael Bohlander.
The following are excerpts from the subsequent discussion. Please use the REPLY button at the bottom of the page to add a comment or reply. Contributions to the discussion are welcome:
While we’re calling ourselves the Sculpture Forum, there is not a huge amount in the exhibition that would fall within what I personally think of as the tradition of sculpture as a language of things—physical things—finite, physical things—stable, finite, physical things. There’s a good deal more that seems to live within the tradition of painting. But I was struck by the extent to which those traditional categories seem to be not comfortable for many of the people that are included in this exhibition. –GARTH EVANS
And the fact that they brought it off at all, these days, is something one has to be grateful for. Any exhibition that is completed, and is installed, and that people get to see. And you know there are a lot of museums in this country that aren’t open yet. We’re very fortunate. –KAREN WILKIN
The Jafa piece—the video was really quite sculptural in some sense because it was so much about the figure and the body—the body in terms of something vulnerable, fragile, at risk—and the figure in terms of the body in movement, the body among people. As a sculptor I found it really moving. –BRANDT JUNCEAU
Jock, I think you’re in some ways confusing me with Michelangelo and Leonardo, but at the same time I take it that you are making a point—that a lot of the work in this show is coming from a place and being made by people who cannot ignore the world outside them. And we perhaps—or I perhaps—have the privilege, and have had, and have enjoyed the privilege throughout my life really of being able to shut the world out to some extent, and think about it in a very abstract way. Perhaps what I’m confronted with in this exhibition is work from people where that is simply not an option, or not the same option. –GARTH EVANS