Colorful Lines Exhibit Recap
Chile, when I tell you yesterday was a shit show. Okay, it wasn't that bad but I hate when things don't go as planned. Normally on my days off, I like to visit two to three museums. However, I wasn't so lucky with this. We went to two different museums and they both were closed. Nothing was on the website, their Instagram page, nothing stating that they were closed till September.
Plus, it was hot as hell yesterday so you know I was pissed. Luckily my makeup was still on point. Click here to read about my makeup tips for the summer. Thankfully, I was able to see two exhibits By Pascale Marthine Tayou at Richard Taittinger Gallery.
As soon as you walked in, you instantly notice Plastic Tree, a wall installation with bright color plastic bags attached to different branches. The first thing I thought about was slavery. The colors that were used for the bags also connects with the show's title, Colorful Lines, which is a reflection of the color line of racial segregation. Racial discrimination has been a continuous problem within the United States and Tayou acknowledges that through his newly installed seven-panel work Code Noir.
Standing at about seventy feet in length, the panel shows various silhouettes painted in black with barcodes printed on top of them. This is a reference to the slave code, a declaration made by France's King Louis XIV, restricting African American freedom after the American Civil War.
Kids Mascarade is a series of photographs that showcased children in different landscapes wearing plastic animal masks that are mimics of Caucasians. In my opinion, it reminded me of Black Face but, in this case, they were white. When you look at these photographs, you could see that he touches on a topic that is still relevant today: race. The artist is known for having a "voyager mind" and it shows through his objects, sculptures, installations, drawings, and videos.
If you are ever in the NYC area, I recommend you see this exhibit for yourself. Colorful Lines ends on August 22nd and admission is free.