Rashid Johnson is renowned for challenging the assumptions often present in collective notions of blackness. Johnson is among an influential, core group of American artists whose work employs a wide range of materials and images to explore themes of art history, literature, philosophy, and personal and cultural identity. After beginning his career working primarily in photography, Johnson has expanded into a variety of media, including text work, sculptural objects, installation painting, drawing, collage, and performance and choreography. Drawing on a dizzying array of historical, cultural, literary, and musical references, Johnson ultimately invites audiences to find connections to their own lives.
Johnson was the ArtCrush 2018 Aspen Award for Art honoree, and his solo exhibition will feature new and existing works. New works include a major commissioned installation with live performative elements and the artist’s first choreography collaboration complete with aspects of ballet and modern movement. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.