In Pictures: See Antwaun Sargent’s Curatorial Debut at Gagosian, Featuring Socially Engaged Works by Leading Black Artists
"Social Works" is on view now at Gagosian's 24th Street gallery.
Last week, as the streets of Chelsea were bathed in the golden light of early evening, a line wrapped around the block as creative types queued up to be admitted to the night’s hottest event. It wasn’t a restaurant or club, it was the opening of “Social Works,” a group exhibition at Gagosian’s West 24th Street gallery.
Curated by writer and newly appointed Gagosian director Antwaun Sargent, “Social Works” features art by Kenturah Davis, Theaster Gates, Titus Kaphar, Rick Lowe, Carrie Mae Weems, and others, all of whom in some way reflect on Black communities and social engagement.
“Given the last year of the pandemic and protest and the history in which Black artists operate, the work does more than just sit quietly on the wall,” Sargent told the New York Times.
Linda Goode Bryant, founder of the gallery Just Above Midtown and Project EATS, an urban farming organization, contributed an installation featuring a video she made, and erected infrastructure to grow vegetables in the gallery in collaboration with architect Elizabeth Diller for the ongoing project titled, Are we really that different? (2021).
Theaster Gates, meanwhile, pays homage to DJ Frankie Knuckles, the “Godfather of house music” and an icon of the Black and queer music scenes of the 1980s. Rick Lowe, founder of the Project Row Houses organization in Texas, presents a new series of works documenting the Tulsa Race Massacre.
See more images of the show below.
“Social Works” is on view through August 13 at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street.
Follow Artnet News on Facebook:
Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.