American politics is tragically comic, with a hyperawareness of injustice matched only by often-futile attempts to generate change. For decades, Lorna Simpson has keenly observed this closed loop of progress and regression in the fight for civil rights across the United States. Ice is her latest tool in this Sisyphean labor for equality. Simpson asks viewers to read ice as both a symbol of endurance and an allusion to how the government freezes black people out of society through mass incarceration and other methods of disenfranchisement.
Opening the exhibition is a wall of forty small photocollages