Radcliffe Bailey, Enroute, 2006, mixed media on Plexiglas, 68 x 68 x 5 1/2".


“Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine”

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, NE
June 26–September 11

McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels
July 19–September 2

Davis Museum at Wellesley College
106 Central Street
February 8–May 6

Curated by Carol Thompson and Michael Rooks

For the most comprehensive Radcliffe Bailey survey to date, the High Museum will fete its local son with a dense exhibition organized into three sections: “Water,” “Blues,” and “Blood.” The show will comprise more than thirty works made between the early 1990s and the present, along with a selection of African sculptures underscoring the artist’s investigation of his own ancestral history. (Several years ago, Bailey traced his DNA to its Mende origins.) Central to the installation will be Bailey’s medicine-cabinet sculptures, which encase cultural talismans spanning the breadth of the artist’s sources of inspiration. A catalogue with newly commissioned essays accompanies the show.