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“The Hybrid State”

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A fun-house rite de passage serves as introduction to “The Hybrid State.” The door to the gallery opens onto a small black-lit vestibule. Written in white on a door to a second chamber is the word “COLONIAL.” Banging your head on the “colonial,” which turns out to be a trick door (the upper half doesn’t open), you become wary. A door to the left is locked. A door to the right won’t open. In front of you the word “POST-COLONIAL” is written on Door Number Three—another booby trap—but by this time you are savvy enough not to hit your head. On a final door is the name of the exhibition. No tricks this time. Welcome to “The Hybrid State.”

The working premise of the exhibition is a twist on the idea of collaboration. The artists involved—Ida Applebroog, Luis Camnitzer, Juan Downey, Jimmie Durham, Ming Fay, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Nancy Grossman, David Hammons, Jerry Kearns, Juan Sánchez, Anton van

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