New York

New York

“Flow”

The Studio Museum in Harlem
429 West 127th St
April 2–June 29, 2008

Curated by Christine Y. Kim

In 2001, Studio Museum curator Thelma Golden scandalized the art world by characterizing the work in “Freestyle,” her survey of African-American art, as “post-black”—and consequently revitalized 1990s “identity-art” debates for the twenty-first century. Following the similarly themed 2005 “Frequency” exhibition, organized by Golden and Christine Y. Kim, “Flow” will be the museum’s third attack on rigidified issues of identity and race. Kim will assemble some seventy-five works by twenty youngish, transnational African artists, at least half of whom have never exhibited in New York. A substantial catalogue will feature essays by curators, art historians, novelist Helen Oyeyemi, and others. “Flow” promises an enlivening attentiveness to real-world politics, though it remains to be seen whether its artists, or indeed any single cohort of artists, are “capable of reshaping . . . contemporary aesthetics,” as the press release proposes.