The Dead Lecturer

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The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Emmett), 2008 Lambda Print 48 1/2 X 73 In © Courtesy of the artist and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
The Dead Lecturer

526 W 26th st Suite 318
New York, NY 10001
February 22nd, 2008 - March 29th, 2008
Opening: February 22nd, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday through Saturday 11am - 5pm



Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is pleased to present The Dead Lecturer, the first New York solo exhibition by Rashid

Johnson, running from February 22 to March 29, 2008. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 22,

from 6-8 pm.

Titled after a book of poems by LeRoi Jones (later Amiri Baraka), the exhibition reflects Johnson's multifaceted

engagement with what David Hammons termed "cultural abstraction." Using sculpture and tightly cropped

photographs, the artist explores the semiotic systems and iconography of a mythic secret society of African-

American intelligentsia within a metaphysical landscape removed from time and history.

Functioning as investigative reporter and archivist as well as artist, Johnson deploys materials including steel,

shea butter, black soap, wax, mirrors, wood, together with found objects to form an installation that effortlessly

shifts between media, emphasizing the poetic cadence of his work. Mysticism and nostalgia create interplay

among smoke-shrouded portraits, symbolic substances, and menacing forms.

Rashid Johnson studied at Columbia College, Chicago (1996-2000) and the School at the Art Institute of Chicago

(2004-2005). His exhibitions include Freestyle, curated by Thelma Golden (2001, The Studio Museum in Harlem,

NY); A Perfect Union...More or Less, curated by Hamza Walker (2004, Renaissance Society at the University of

Chicago, IL); and recently, Color Line, curated by Odili Donald Odita (2007, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY).

Upcoming exhibitions include the Magdeburger Kunstmuseum, Magdeburg, Germany (2008, solo) and the

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati (2008). He lives and works in New York.


Young artist seeks audience to enjoy poly-conscious attempts at post-medium condition production.

Must enjoy race mongering, disparate disconnected thoughts and sunsets (really). Familiarity with the work of Sun Ra,

Joseph Beuys, Rosalind Krauss, Richard Pryor, Hans Haacke, Carl Andre and interest in spelunking the death of identity a

plus. I'm looking for an audience with a good attention span that is willing to stay with me through the good and the bad. I

enjoy creating videos, producing sculptures, and making photographs. My interest are costuming, Sam Greenlee novels,

Godard films and masturbation. Ability to hold conversation using only rap lyrics, and a sense of humor a must.

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