• James Lee Byars, The Halo, 1985, brass, 86 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 8".

    James Lee Byars, The Halo, 1985, brass, 86 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 8".

    “NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith”

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross Street
    June 27–September 21, 2008

    Curated by Franklin Sirmans

    Neo-HooDoo is a term coined by poet Ishmael Reed to refer to the continued vitality of American spiritual traditions descended from Haitian vodun. Co-organized with P.S. 1, this exhibition explores the use of ritual and spirituality in some fifty works made since 1971 by thirty-three artists, in sculpture, photography, assemblage, video, performance, and other media. The multigenerational list of North, Central, and South American artists features Janine Antoni, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Lee Byars, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and David Hammons alongside some less-expected names, like John Cage. While some works take on the familiar ritualistic forms of totems or altars, others unveil the sacred hidden in the everyday, the artists having created them from such mundane materials as lightbulbs, golf bags, and a beer cooler. Travels to P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Fall 2008.