• Jimmie Durham, Jesus (Es geht um die Wurst), 1992, mixed materials, 58 1/2 x 43 1/3". (detail)

    “Jimmie Durham: A Matter of Life and Death and Singing”

    Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)
    Leuvenstraat 32
    May 24–November 18, 2012

    Curated by Anders Kreuger and Bart de Baere

    With the patience of a philosopher and the humor of a prankster, Jimmie Durham has for more than four decades been challenging our understanding of how history and ideology shape identity and representation. His practice—initially part of the lively downtown New York art scene in the early 1980s, with subsequent years based in Mexico, Berlin, and Rome—moves effortlessly between prose, poetry, performance, and visual art to tackle questions of individual freedom from a position of intractable yet witty resistance. This summer, the M HKA will indulge the Native American artist’s wide-ranging admirers with upward of 120 works representing the full breadth of his career. A related reader edited by Jean Fisher and published by JRP Ringier will feature essays by Guy Brett and Richard William Hill, as well as a collection of essays by Durham.