On Whiteness, The Kitchen NY

On Whiteness

June 27-August 3
Opening reception: June 27, 6–8pm
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 11–6pm

The exhibition aims to take advantage of art’s powerful ability to reframe dominant ways of seeing, especially with regard to philosopher Sara Ahmed’s postulation of whiteness as a “habit,” whose power to form and sustain specific social behaviors and institutions resides in its being taken entirely for granted. As Ahmed proposes: “Whiteness is what bodies do, where the body takes shape of the action…. spaces are oriented ‘around’ whiteness, insofar as whiteness is not seen.” By disorienting the particularly habituated space of the white cube gallery, the work in this exhibition questions, marks, and checks whiteness, challenging its dominance as it operates through default positions in cultural behavior.

Artists in the exhibition include Josh Begley, Paul Chan, Mel Chin, Ja’Tovia Gary, Ken Gonzales-Day, Kate Greenstreet, Titus Kaphar, Baseera Khan, Charlotte Lagarde, Seung-Min LeeGlenn Ligon, Mores McWreath, Sandeep Mukherjee, Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan), Toyin Ojih Odutola, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Cindy Sherman, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Anicka Yi.

This exhibition is presented as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness.

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There Is No Then and Now, Only Is and Is Not, Video 2018 by Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan)

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