• Cliff Hengst, My New Reality, 2016, Flashe paint and acrylic on canvas, 66 × 44". From “Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward.”

    “Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and The Ways Forward”

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
    February 2–August 12, 2018

    Curated by Nayland Blake with Kate Kraczon

    This winter, the ICA will assemble a motley crew of artists who navigate identity politics with more than a dozen works in video, installation, photography, sculpture, painting, and performance, hinting that the ever-thorny topic requires not just a multiplicity of voices but diversity in media and approach. Featured among these will be A. K. Burns’s video installation Living Room, 2017–, in which A. L. Steiner, nude save for a head wrap, slumps over the edge of a white tub (riffing on Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Marat, 1793). A handful of text-based paintings by Cliff Hengst will also be on display, including one composition that declares: 49 YRS OLD / HIV+20 YRS / FAT & FKD UP (Fat and Fucked Up, 2015). Arnold Joseph Kemp will be represented by HEADLESS, 2016, a sculpture consisting of a pair of metallic-silver Fred Flintstone masks skewered by a forked metal frame. Savannah Knoop (the artist formerly known as JT LeRoy) and Robert Yang (a specialist in homoerotic video games), among others, will also enter the fray.