Installation view of “Rodney McMillian: Views of Main Street” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2016.

Rodney McMillian: Waging an Artist’s War

It has been a big year for Rodney McMillian. In a rare achievement for any artist, three major East Coast institutions mounted simultaneous solo exhibitions of his multimedia works, spanning more than a decade. At the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia, and MoMA PS1 in New York, McMillian’s shows laid bare the complexities of racial violence and injustice in the United States. As McMillian told Artforum, the exhibitions presented “different modes of engagement within my practice” across forms, conceptual strategies, and themes- including the class-based politics of domesticity, the liberating construction of identity in science fiction, and the bloodied history of the American landscape…see the entire article in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.

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