In ‘Greater New York’ at PS1, Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang Adds Color To The KKK

THE DAILY PIC: A white-suprematist gown gets the multiethnic treatment.


THE DAILY PIC (#1463): It’s a cliché to say that art has the power to transform, but I’m still amazed at how Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang has transformed a Ku Klux Klan robe, ordered from a white-suprematist seamstress, into a charming non-white, non-suprematist fantasy. For his piece called Kueens, now in the “Greater New York” show at MoMA PS1 – the subject of this whole week of Daily Pics – Gonzalez-Lang handed over the robe to an undocumented Latina in Queens, who then embroidered it with patterns derived from various Amerindian cultures. Faced with a noxious tradition that believes in ethnic purity, Gonzalez-Lang and his embroiderer produce something that’s thoroughly, gloriously miscegenated. (Image courtesy the artist; photo by Pablo Enriquez)

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