Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Kwame Brathwaite, Sara Flores, Morris Hirshfield, Gwen Smith, and more.
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Morris Hirshfield, "Girl with Pigeons" (1942), Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 1/8". The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, 1969, 610.1967. © 2022 Robert and Gail Rentzer for Estate of Morris Hirshfield, (courtesy the American Folk Museum, licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society, NY)
Happy 2023, dear readers! We hope you’ve resolved to spend more time seeing art this year. As New York enters the post-holiday winter fog, the city’s galleries, nonprofits, and museums are gearing up for a season of clarity — from historical representations of gender fluidity to the overwhelming effects of colonialism on personal identity. Our highlights for January include portraits from the Black Liberation Movement, tapestries interweaving histories of border resistance, and the Indigenous origins of contemporary design.
Bill Miller creates his landscapes and domestic scenes using linoleum lifted from long-abandoned households. In a collage style akin to Romare Bearden or Hannah Höch, Miller weaves together gentle scenes of blue-collar life. Inspired by his own family history — both his father and grandfather perished in Pittsburgh industrial accidents — these proletarian tapestries use found materials to salvage the memory of working-class intimacy, with overlapping patterns symbolizing the myriad outcomes that befall everyday workers. Images of family, nature, and home seem less a reinforcement of traditional values than a ritual return to bygone places…………….