Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy will give Milwaukee Art Museum attendees the unique opportunity to see a significant body of work from, “one of the four or five most important contemporary American artists,” according to Forbes.
Exploring themes of escape and identity, the exhibition features the artist’s signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, shea butter, and wax which he uses to create a multimedia, sensory experience.
Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy opens on Friday, June 23 to public audiences and is on view through September 17 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. 14 large-scale works will fill the Museum’s entire feature exhibition space and includes both new painting and sculptures Rashid Johnson, Antoine’s Organ, 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
Antoine’s Organ, the largest of the artist’s architectural grid installations ever shown in the United States at over 15 feet tall, is a monumental lattice of black scaffolding filled with signifying objects, including books, Johnson’s older video work, live plants and mounds of shea butter.
Antoine’s Organcontains an upright piano that musicians will play at scheduled times throughout the exhibition’s run on Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m.