The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time
May 14, 2021–April 10, 2022
Great Hall, 1st Floor
The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time draws examples from our contemporary art collection to contemplate the profound disruption that occurred in 2020. Borrowing its title from an aeronautical term that refers to the pull of the current that is left in the wake of a large and powerful object, the exhibition examines the placement and displacement of power that runs through American history and continues today. In 2020's slipstream, the confluence of the devastating effects of the pandemic, civil unrest across the United States, a contested presidential election, and unchecked climate change will continue to shape conversations about the state of the nation and world. The exhibition seeks to hold space for individuals to find their feelings of fear, grief, vulnerability, anger, isolation, and despair—as well as joy, determination, and love—reflected in art.
Centering artists of color, The Slipstream features works by multiple generations of artists from the 1960s to the present day. The artists included in the exhibition are Yuji Agematsu, Kelly Akashi, Emma Amos, El Anatsui, Sanford Biggers, Nayland Blake, Diedrick Brackens, Mark Bradford, Kathy Butterly, Jonathan Lydon Chase, Mel Chin, Ed Clark, Karon Davis, John Edmonds, mounir fatmi, Derek Fordjour, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jeffrey Gibson, Aaron Gilbert, Arthur Jafa, Virginia Jaramillo, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Michael Joo, Titus Kaphar, Nina Katchadourian, William Kentridge, Byron Kim, Simone Leigh, Ellen Lesperance, Hew Locke, Whitfield Lovell, Rick Lowe, Dindga McCannon, Hugo McCloud, Zanele Muholi, John Little Sun Murie, Ebony G. Patterson, Elle Pérez, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Deborah Roberts, Tschabalala Self, David Shrobe, Amy Sillman, Taryn Simon, Shinique Smith, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Alma W. Thomas, Tourmaline, Jack Whitten, Fred Wilson, and Sugiura Yasuyoshi.
More than sixty artworks are on view, organized in seven sections around themes such as collective power, family ties, spiritual well-being, relationships to nature, and the simple rituals of daily life. Each of these works embodies strategies for staying grounded, gathering strength, and considering paths into the future.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Nick Cave: Truth Be Told was on view on the Museum’s plaza May 28–November 14, 2021.
The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time is curated by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, with Joseph Shaikewitz, Curatorial Assistant, Arts of the Americas and Europe, Brooklyn Museum.
Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.