A look at “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” at the New Museum. The exhibition is a reflection on concepts of mourning, made urgent by the racist violence now experienced by Black communities across America. It brings together the work of thirty-seven artists in a variety of mediums, filling all three main floors of the museum.

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NEXT, WE'LL VISIT THE NEW MUSEUM, ONLY MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY EXCLUSIVELY DEVOTED TO CONTEMPORARY ART.

FOUNDED IN 1977, MUSEUM HAS BEEN LOCATED ON THE BOWERY SINCE 2007.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW IS 'GRIEF AND GRIEVANCE: ART AND MOURNING IN AMERICA,' THE EXHIBITION A REFLECTION ON CONCEPTS OF MOURNING MADE URGENT BY THE RACIST VIOLENCE NOW EXPERIENCED BY BLACK COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA.

IT BRINGS TOGETHER THE WORK OF 37 ARTISTS IN A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS, FILLING ALL THREE MAIN FLOORS OF THE MUSEUM.

THE EXHIBITION WAS ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED BY NIGERIAN BORN CURE CURATOR, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL OF HIS GENERATION.

AFTER HIS DEATH IN 2019, HIS LONG TIME COLLABORATORS AND CURATORS CAME TOGETHER TO REALIZE HIS PERSONAL AND POLITICAL VISION FOR THE SHOW.

THE EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS DIVERSE ARTISTS EXPLORING AMERICAN HISTORY FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OF THE 1960s TO ISSUES OF POLICE VIOLENCE IN THE 1980s UP UNTIL TODAY.

SOME OF THESE WORKS LOOK AT HISTORY AND TRAUMA IN VERY DIRECT AND RECOGNIZABLE WAYS, OTHERS USE ABSTRACTION TO CONFRONT OR MEDIATE PAINFUL MOMENTS.

TEXT PIECE ON THE NEW FACADE SPELLS OUT IN LARGE NEON LETTERS THE PHRASE -- BLUES, BLOOD -- UTTERED BY A TEENAGER ARRESTED AND BEATER BY POLICE IN 1964.

2012 PORTRAIT SERIES CALLED THE BIRMINGHAM PROJECT IS MEMORIAL TO THE FOUR YOUNG GIRLS KILLED BY THE BOMBING OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH.

PEACEKEEPER IS A HARASS ENCASED IN TAR AND FEATHERS, CREATED IN 1995 AND RECREATED ESPECIALLY FOR THIS SHOW, EXEMPLIFIES INCOMPLETE OR UNFINISHED MOURNING.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS, PAINTINGS BY MARSHALL AND JULIE, AND PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURES BY MELVIN EDWARDS, AND MONUMENTAL INSTALLATION BY RASHEED JOHNSON, AND SOUND, VIDEO AND PRODUCTION BY GATES.

'GRIEF AND GRIEVANCE: ART AND MOURNING IN AMERICA' ON VIEW THROUGH JUNE 6th.