The second season of Raw/Cooked opens with Rumination, an exhibition of the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant–based artist Duron Jackson, recommended by Mickalene Thomas. Jackson’s multimedia installation evokes a private library or reading room, where viewers are invited to contemplate themes of race and power embedded in American history and culture. A minimalist white cube chair is situated at the center of a carpet, both constructed by the artist from black-and-white dominoes. Jackson’s Blackboard Paintings—large-scale geometric abstractions rendered in graphite and blackboard paint—cover the surrounding walls. These works present abstracted aerial views of specific American prisons. Jackson juxtaposes his abstract works with Malvina Hoffman’s early modern sculptural portrait, Senegalese Soldier. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Hoffman’s larger-than-life-sized bust stands at the center of the installation. In Rumination, Jackson brings together historical and contemporary cultural representations to explore the inter-related histories of incarceration, surveillance, and control.
Raw/Cooked is organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.
Duron Jackson discusses his Raw/Cooked presentation
Duron Jackson (American). Rikers Island Jail, NY, 2010. Graphite and blackboard paint on wood panel, 36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 70.0 cm). Collection of the artist. © 2010 Duron Jackson. Photo by Ricky Day