previews

  • “SUFFERING FROM REALNESS”

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
    87 Marshall Street
    April 19–January 1

    Curated by Denise Markonish

    Many have staked their claim to the term realness, from the most piscine of drag queens to the scariest of political hobgoblins, whose “alternative facts” continue to wreak havoc on our already beleaguered reality. “Suffering from Realness” does not resolve to make the situation any less complicated. This group exhibition at MASS MOCA will feature works from seventeen artists who are carefully dissecting our messy, fact-challenged times—such as Cassils, whose (quite literally) muscular takes on gender and sexuality via performance, sculpture, and photography simultaneously beguile and bludgeon, and Wangechi Mutu, a maker of supernaturally gorgeous images and objects that propel notions of blackness into the farthest reaches of the imagination. The title of the exhibition is taken from a lyric in a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West, the latter of whom befuddles us all with his—ahem—singular interpretations of history.