Beauty and Bite

Beauty and Bite presents work by Nayland Blake, Nan Goldin, Nancy Grossman, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, Frank Moore, Jim Self, and Kara Walker from the Tang Teaching Museum collection. Significant works by each artist include Kentridge’s Tango for Page Turning; Ligon’s Runaways; Moore and Self’s Beehive film with Moore’s costume and set designs and exploratory sketches; and Walker’s 27-screenprint series The Emancipation Approximation.
The exhibition’s title draws from Frank Moore’s New York Times obituary, which describes the artist as bringing “beauty and bite to themes of scientific progress, environmental pollution and the medical establishment.” This push-and-pull concept extends to all work on view, which offers both aesthetic seduction and interrogations of deeper truths. Film, prints, photographs, sculpture, and drawings shown in Beauty and Bite use theatricality, appropriation, and other means to interrogate time and memory—particularly the mythologies and histories that often disguise or suppress harsh realities—as well as social constructions of identity.
Exhibition Name
Beauty and Bite
Exhibition Type
Group Exhibitions
Place
Malloy Wing
Dates
Jul 20, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Curators
Beauty and Bite is curated by Mellon Collections Curator Rebecca McNamara.
Artists
Nayland Blake, Nan Goldin, Nancy Grossman, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, Frank Moore, Jim Self, Kara Walker
Student Staff
Olivia Sessions
Exhibitions and Collections Assistant, Gallery Monitor Associate
Jane cole 2019
Jane Cole
2019-20 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: Exhibitions and Collections Assistant, Gallery Monitor Associate
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